Originally Posted by lufcrazy
well Considering the longevity Patterson had despite being destroyed 3 times by ingo and liston, it's fair to say he'd have still been gone on to be champ after Rocky retired.
But the clincher is this, even if he didn't, it was him and Moore for the vacant title, so one of them would have been champ meaning Rocky beats his successor and that's always a great achievement in my book.
Probably would solidify a top 5 legacy. Certainly if he would have added a victory over Valdes also.
I think even the slightest little details can have huge conseqences on the trajectory of events. Let alone something as major as a heavyweight title fight.