Originally Posted by jowcol
The WBA stripped Ali for the Muslim connection.
Ernie fought Machen for the WBA title in, what?, Feb. 65?
Floyd had schooled Machen in Stockholm 7 months earlier...10-2, 9-2-1?
Ali was set for the rematch with Liston at the time and both of them were set to fight the winner of Patterson-Chuvalo in Feb. 65.
Terrell/Floyd just wasn't gonna happen. The sad thing is the big piece of horse-poo Octopus might have grabbed and held Patterson just enough to have copped a stupid decision (based on stupid judges). It's good they never fought, Floyd was worlds more talented.
Didn't Ernie go 15 rds with Ali, while Patterson was stopped twice?