Interview with Angelo Dundee
QUESTION 14
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Weren't you afraid that when he would go out and tell everybody he was the greatest and go on like that that he would turn people off?

ANGELO DUNDEE:

Well that was wonderful. Isn't it? Wouldn't it been terrible if he had been a closed-mouth guy and you wouldn't get to enjoy this guy? Fifty percent would love him and 50 percent would hate him. At least, when we used to go down the aisles of a fight and they were booing the heck out him, he'd say, "Well, we know there's people here." It was great. I loved it.

LOUIS MASSIAH:

Thank you very much Mr. Dundee.



LOUIS MASSIAH:

Tell us.

ANGELO DUNDEE:

I've got two quick ones for you. You'll like this because they were funny because we laugh at that today. Ah, Herbert Muhammad became Muhammad's manager and Muhammad, in fact, there was a guy up in the, ah, gym, all, everyday, he used to come there. Ah, his name was Sam. And he was very friendly with Muhammad and he'd come to the gym. So, after he announced that he was a Muslim, this is two weeks before the fight, ah, Sam would come up there, sit there and I'd sit beside Sam, and, ah, I'm talking to Sam I say, "Gee, ain't it a shame, Cassius Marcellus Clay, what a great name." See the people not, not going to accept it because we made it such a beautiful name. You know Muhammad Ali ain't a bad name. So, I'm going over and over every day with Sam. So finally, a couple of young kids with dark suits came up one day and they walk up to Sam. Says, "Captain Sam," he was a muslim. I didn't know it. Now the other funny one is that we're in the gym training and Pat Putnam who is now with Sports Illustrated, was from the Miami Herald, so he was sitting in the gym. So, I had seen Malcolm X's picture in the L.A. papers. So, up come Malcolm X. So, he's sitting and walking around. So, I told Rahan, I said, "Rudy, do me a favor. Tell that guy to get out of here. We're going to get bad press." So, he said to me, "You tell him away." "No way Jose." I didn't say nothing. But Malcolm was up in the gym 'cause he had came down and he was visiting with the kid. But Sam, he's now a minister by the way, Sam, I didn't know this.