QUOTE (BGv2.0 @ Apr 13 2009, 04:57 PM)
It was not just toward Joe....but to the interviewer as well...."that's stupid...are you really going to ask me stuff like that?....it really makes you look dumb"
I think the comment you're referring to was when the interviewer asked Pacheco about whether or not Ali was being manipulated by the Muslims. Maybe it was disrespectful of Pacheco to assume that Ali was so easily used, but I think Pacheco was giving Ali a bit of a pass on all the Uncle Tom stuff by blaming it on the Muslims. There's no doubt that Pacheco was overly aggressive in the interview (maybe he's just bitter about having lost his tv job), but at the same time it was a comment that I could see an agitated Larry Merchant making. Maybe Ferdie was drunk or maybe he's just turned into an angry old man, but it was clear that he was spewing the truth as he saw it and I think his nasty comment to the interviewer was mostly meant to reinforce his point that the muslims were manipulating Ali.
Max, as far as it being obvious that Frazier was stupid, let's just say that it's clear that Frazier was totally uneducated, unsophisticated, and naive and would, presumably, have been extremely easy to take advantage of. Those things can be said about a lot of fighters, but most fighters aren't put in a position of having to respond on the spot to such cruel verbal attacks.