Re: 71 Ali vs Marciano
All these polls of cigar smoking codgers mean little to me. Those folks had no perspective and were too often mired in glory day admiration. Their critical judgement in such matters is highly suspect.
Now that we have far greater perspective on the career of both fighters, it is patently obvious that Marciano was significantly better than Dempsey. No embarrassing losses to ham and eggers. No color line. Fought all number 1 contenders. Didn't sit on the title for years at a time. Was emphatic in his victories.