Originally Posted by PetethePrince
You think Holmes would have displayed better in-fighting at a late stage of his career against Frazier in Manilla like Ali had? Ali's in-fighting ability gets often overlooked because he held exponentially more as he became more and more of a shot fighter and also happened to run up against the greatest HW in-fighter ever.
It's funny how the in-fighting Ali showed in Manilla is overlooked.
That a tall, rangy fighter prefers to hold instead of fighting on the inside isn't the same as that he can't fight inside.
Manilla is actually a very good example of that Ali had some very good fundamentals to fall back on once his speed had declined. The fight against Berbick is another. And Ali wasn't only old and slow in that fight, but also physically ill with Parkinson's syndrome.