Originally Posted by JIm Broughton
Having extra bulk would'nt help Ali although he would probably come in a little heavier than 210-212 lbs. He would'nt need to rely on his foot speed as much as he did in the 60's and 70's because today's HW's are bigger and generally slower than the fighters of those decades were. A little well timed lareral movement combined with his fast hands and good reflexes would be enough to get the job done against todays behemoths. Ali at say 220lbs would be all the size he would need and could effectively carry on his frame to match his fighting style. Any more and it would slow him down some and affect his timing and stamina. There's a lot more to boxing than size and bulk, especially if it's not natural size but packed on mass.
Well put! But I think he still would have as much need for his speed. Not to avoid today's behemots, as you call them, but to move in and out of their superior reach and delivering stinging combinations. In other words he would have a lesser need for speed from a defensive standpoint, but maybe a larger need from an offensive standpoint.