Interview with Floyd Patterson
QUESTION 4
INTERVIEWER:

Mr. Patterson, in '64, I have this article from the New York Times where you challenge Clay, you know, to fight. Now how did that come about where you challenged him and you challenged his belief in the Black Muslims.

FLOYD PATTERSON:

Well, first of all, call me Floyd, OK?

INTERVIEWER:

OK, Floyd.

FLOYD PATTERSON:

Ah, secondly, ah, I didn't challenge him. I just expressed the way I felt about the things he believed. And he expressed the way he felt about the things I believed. I only did this because of, ah, some of the derogatory things he was saying about my beliefs** which indicated to me he did not respect what I believed. So therefore I was not going to respect his belief. You see if you respect what I believe, I will respect what you believe. But if you don't show me the same courtesy then I can't show it to you. Well, that's the way life is.

INTERVIEWER:

Let's, let's cut a second.