Interview with Floyd Patterson
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

Now, legend goes that when Clay was fighting, he kept saying, "What's my name? What's my name?" And at some point you said, "Muhammad Ali." Now, tell me your version of this.

FLOYD PATTERSON:

Ah, that is not true.

INTERVIEWER:

I mean in terms of the fight.

FLOYD PATTERSON:

Ah, ah, while we were fighting in, ah, Clay had said, maybe once or twice in the earlier rounds, maybe like in the third or fourth, "What's my name?" Ah, my reply was "Cassius." And finally in the latter part of the fight, I say maybe around the ninth, tenth, or eleventh round, and I was really taking a bad beating, suffering. He said, "Now, what's my name?" And my reply was, once or twice I believe I said the same thing. "Cassius Clay and that's what it's always going to be regardless of the results of this fight, Cassius Clay."

INTERVIEWER:

If we have, good.