The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
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An extract from a famous 1971 TV interview Ali gave to Michael Parkinson.
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MP: What (plans) do you have for the future now - apart from fighting?
MA: Well, just … l’ll tell you something – I don’t think I’ve ever said this before but I’ll tell you. I really care (nothing) about boxing.
Boxing is a (stepping stone) just to introduce me to the audience. If I was still in Louisville, Kentucky and never was a boxer I might get killed next week in some kind of freedom (struggle) and you’d never read the news. But now, if I even say the (wrong) thing I make the news.
Boxing is just to (introduce) me to the struggle. Like, when I speak I draw people in the States to draw my people to (teach) them various things or to give them (dignity), (pride) and self-help. I have to help the (dope) and prostitution problem … and the juveniles.
And I use my image to try to help do all I can to stop a lot of (trouble) among young people fighting and killing each other. So boxing is just going to be another year.
But my (main fight) is for freedom and (equality). This is what I plan to do. Boxing is good for (livelihood) but mainly, money don’t really mean (nothing) - cos I proved that when I (gave up) the title, not knowing if I’m coming (back) or not for four years.
- MP: What (plans) do you have for the future now - apart from fighting?