Re: Is Heart The Single Most Important Attribute If A Fighter Is To Become An ATG?
I disagree because with you BummyDavis because your logic almost embraces imperfection in a fighter and basically implies that a great fighter has to get off the floor to win. Personally I put more stock in fighters who don't have to hit the canvas at all in order to win a fight.
Case in Point:
Which is the greater win?
Foreman TKO2 Frazier
Foreman KO10 Moorer
I obviously pick his win over Frazier but YOUR LOGIC suggests that because he was able to overcome odds or adversity in a fight where things were not going his way that the Moorer win should be ranked higher.
You see heart is a great attribute and it is certainly an important building block and component of an ATG fighter but IMO achievement and talent should be placed before heart simply because they are more capable of being quantified than heart. You cannot fully be objective about heart in the same manner as talent and achievement. For instance to measure heart one has to take everything into account not just conditions in the ring but conditions that venture into the innermost thoughts of a fighter, what they are going through personally, emotionally. Someone can get up from a KD in a fight they are losing or on a Verge of a KO and reverse a fight but someone who has gone through a traumatic experience or emotional or physical hardship in thier personal life yet still show up and give it thier all has just as much heart.
People with demons, emotionally unstable people, People with physical defects or problems that force them not to give it thier all...
Look at Gerald McClellan. He fought his heart out vs. Nigel Benn. But at the end of the fight they called him a quitter. The commentators, Fans, Don ****ing King...But look what happened afterwards. If Gerald McClellan had left the arena and died in a car crash instantly before his condition was discovered people would have called him a quitter. They would have said he lacked heart and he'd probably get slaughtered right here on ESB on H2H match ups because they'll say "if the going gets tough, etc..."
Heart isnt the ability to absorb punishment in war, thats durability.
Heart isnt the ability to get off the floor to win a fight, thats focus and determination and it also takes skill.
Heart is overcoming your shortcomings and putting forth the best possible effort that you can put forth regardless of the circumstance and regardless of the outcome. Thats heart.