Originally Posted by Bummy Davis
Ali was a product of his time and was a light heavyweight when he won the gold, the envirorment that created him does not exsist any longer, same with Marciano,Louis,Lewis,Dempsey etc. I think the core of each all time great was a great start of gifts, none the same as the other, the future will bring other great but the envirorment will be different but the core (great fighter) will be like cream it will rise to the top
This is great thinking.. what exists at one time may be absent from another. That is why it is hard to compare one era with another. I don't really get into the Dempsey stuff, but outside of that what you said is still valid. Like you said, the cream rises to the top... and that explains why we still compare some very old boxing legends with others.