( First of two parts )
Cassius Clay was in a psychotic rage. Or at least he wanted to the world to think he was.
"You ain't got no chance!" he yelled at Sonny Liston. "You whupped!"
It was the morning of Feb. 25, 1964. The fighters were weighing in for that night's heavyweight championship fight.
Two priests were at the Miami Beach Convention Hall. They'd been brought in as spiritual advisers to Liston, who'd never been much for forgiveness.
As Clay banged an African walking stick on the floor and ranted, "You're a chump, a chump, a chump," one of the priests turned to the other.
"Do you see Sonny's face?" he asked. "You know what he is going to do to this fellow?"
Against all odds and almost everyone's wishes, he would lose to him. The world didn't just crown a new champ. Clay vs. Liston launched the phenomenon known as Muhammad Ali.
The gloves he used against Liston sold for $836,000 at auction Saturday. That's $206,000 more than Clay made that night.
After a half-century...