"You maybe ain't scared now, man, but you gonna be scared tonight."
After the fight Machen put aside his personal animosity toward Liston long enough to evaluate Liston's chances against Patterson, should the two ever get together.
"Liston will win," Machen said with certainty. "Some fighters, like Ray Robinson, can fight good goin' back. But Patterson fights best com-in' on. So does Liston. When you get two fighters in there who fight comin' on, someone has to back up, and I think it would be Floyd."