“I’m gonna show YOU – how great I am” – Muhammad Ali
It is befitting that I leave the game just like I came in, beating a big bad monster who knocks out everybody and no one can whup him.
So when little Cassius Clay from Louisville, Kentucky, came up to stop Sonny Liston. The man who annihilated Floyd Patterson twice.
HE WAS GONNA KILL ME!
But he hit harder than George. His reach is longer than George’s. He’s a better boxer than George. And I’m better now than I was when you saw that 22-years old undeveloped kid running from Sonny Liston.
I’m experienced now, professional. Jaws been broke, been knocked down a couple of times, I’m bad! Been chopping trees. I done something new for this fight. I done wrestled with an alligator. That’s right. I have wrestled with an alligator. I’ve done tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail.
That’s bad! Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick! I’m so mean I make medicine sick!
Don King: Bad dude!
Bad, fast! Fast! Fast! Last night I cut the light off in my bedroom, hit the switch and was in the bed before the room was dark.
You and George Foreman, all you chumps are gonna bow when I whoop him, all of you, I know you got him, I know youve got him picked, but the mans in trouble,
I’M GONNA SHOW YOU – HOW GREAT I AM!
You know, I do a shitload of reading and studying and praying, and I’ve come to a few conclusions I want to share. People look at politicians and celebrities on the TV and the newspapers, glossy magazines – what do they see? “I’m just like them.” That’s what they say. “I’m special. I’m different. I could be any one of them.” Well guess what, you can’t. You know why? Cause in reality, mediocrity is where most people live. Mediocrity is the elephant in the room. It’s ubiquitous. Mediocrity in your schools. It’s in your dreams. It’s in your family. And those of us who know this – those of us who understand the disease of the dull – we do something about it. We do more because we have to. The deck was always stacked against us. You’re either a big leaguer, or you’re a slave clawing your way onto the “C” train. Some people say Jack Abramoff moves too fast. Jack Abramoff cuts corners. Well, I say to them, if that’s the difference between me and my family having the good life and walkin’ and using the subway every day, then so be it. I will not allow my family to be slaves. I will not allow the world I touch to be vanilla. You say I’m selfish? Fuck you! I give back. I give back plenty. You say I – I got a big ego? Fuck you twice! I’m humbly grateful for the wonderful gift that I’ve received here in America the greatest country on this planet. I’m Jack Abramoff. And oh, yeah, I work out every day.