"They actually told Ali," says King, "that Jerry truly loved him and deserved another chance. Arum, who didn't know the solid deal I had with Foreman and Muhammad, said a Foreman fight would never develop for Ali."
Ali came into the bedroom to join King. He was ready to sign for Quarry. But King prevailed, invoking heaven and black history: "This isn't just another fight. Freedom. Justice. That's what you'll be gainin' for your people by gettin' back the title."
"I hear ya, I hear ya," Ali said. He went back out and shouted to Arum and Brenner, "I ain't fightin'."
The scene now shifts to Paris, where King has a lead on one Fred Weymar, adviser to the Za�re government. Za�re was looking for something with which to project itself into a favorable light. In Paris, King, Schwartz and Daly meet with Weymar and Mandungu Bula, coordinator for the Za�re government. Weymar and Schwartz, their personalities clashing, do not like each other. King smooths things over and then goes one-on-one with Bula. The two leave for dinner, and King recalls that they talked amiably until suddenly Bula said:
"Hey, brudder, what's the situation?"
"The situation is that you're about to get the biggest event in the history of the world!"
"But brudder...you're with Jews. Can you trust them, brudder?"
"You can trust this one," said King. "Let me tell you something. I find this man Hank Schwartz to be very credible. He's a brilliant man."
"Well, I'll see, brudder."
The next day, after one more meeting, Bula sent a wire to Za�re, saying, "I recommend this fight. I have found a very strong black man."