Re: The rivalry between Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico
In my own humble opinion, I think Puerto Rican fighters are the elite of the three nations listed. They tended to have a blend of pantherlike boxer/puncher moves with great defensive prowess. Wilfredo Gomez and Carlos Ortiz being prime examples. Gomez, I believe, when he was superbantam (or junior feather) was nearly perfect. A Cuban who was similar was Jose Napoles, ol' Mantequilla. Mexicans who were elite had those Puerto Rican type attributes like Sal Sanchez, Miguel Canto, Ricardo Lopez, and last but not least, one of my favorites, Marco A. Barrera.