Ali was holding court on a Saturday afternoon, egging on the press to give him their best shot. After the sparring match, he was relaxed and ready to rumble. I sat across from him while the reporters from the Daily News, the Times, and others badgered him with inane questions. The press treated Ali like he was the only thinking boxer in history, and they were there to get a nugget of insight into what made him tick.
I was just trying to keep it together, as I was sure I would never be in a room with Ali again as long as I lived, and I was right.
In this portrait, Ali reacts to a question from a reporter.
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