Originally Posted by hofbrau
An undefeated record in boxing is undoubtedly impressive ... but it can also be misleading.*Rocky Marciano*and*Joe Calzaghe*are two of the few modern fighters who retired having won every single fight of their professional career. Both are Hall of Famers with wins over Hall of Fame caliber fighters on their resumes ... but both Marciano and Calzaghe scored their biggest wins against stars who were well past their primes.
If the person has a record or fights against good fighters in their prime sure its great but virtually every undefeated fighter is just a guy dodging top competitors, be it mayweather (who has about 5-8 more fighters to beat including pac, martinez, canelo, bailey, etc.
To me sugar ray leonard is about 100 times better than mayweather for the obvious reason he didn't spend his whole career dodging the best. Leonad, duran, hagler, hearns, will always be the best welterweights since post 70's and pac might make the cut. Am I suppose to be impressed by fighters who beat up old guys and tomatoes?