Sport: Mountain to Molehill

BE THERE WHEN THE MOUNTAIN COMES TO MUHAMMAD declared the billboards in Houston. The come-on was as flabby as the contenders. Muhammad Ali, the walking billboard, was so uninterested in his twelve-round bout with bulky (256 Ibs.) Buster Mathis that he trained seriously only for nine days. Ali divested himself of a bit of doggerel ("I'll do to Buster what the Indians did to Custer"), but his heart was clearly not in it. Buster, whose last fight was a humbling loss to Jerry Quarry in 1969, was out to prove that "I'm no dog." As expected, when the Mountain finally came...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!