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Famous quotes by Ali, Foreman on an epic boxing bout

other Updated: Oct 28, 2014 10:06 IST
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'Rumble In The Jungle fight

Five quotes by Muhammad Ali and George Foreman on their epic 'Rumble In The Jungle' fight in Kinshasa on October 30, 1974:

Ali in the buildup to the Kinshasa fight

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee - his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see."

"I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and got into bed before the room was dark."

"I done something new for this fight. I wrestled with an alligator. I tussled with a whale. I handcuffed lightning, I thrown thunder in jail.

Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick."

Foreman

"Muhammad amazed me, I'll admit it. He out-thought me, he out-fought me. That night, he was just the better man in the ring" - Foreman after losing the fight.

"After I lost to Ali in Zaire, I told everybody that I was robbed. The ropes were loose, the water was drugged ...Then, once I'd changed my nature, I realized what a blemish I'd put on this great man's career. Why would I go out and spit on his victory to mess up this great man's name?" Foreman in 2006 interview with Esquire magazine.