“Life” magazine said Muhammed Ali spoke of himself before his 1971 fight with Joe Frazier in this manner:
There seems to be some confusion. We’re gonna clear this confusion up on March 8. We’re gonna decide once and for all who is king! There’s not a man alive who can whup me. (He jabs the air half a dozen blinding lefts.)
I’m too smart. (He taps his head.) I’m too pretty. (He lifts his head high in profile, turning as a bust on a pedestal.) I AM the greatest. I AM the king! I should be a postage stamp – that’s the only way I could get licked!
Ali lost to Frazier.