Originally Posted by Flea Man
I might make the argument that purely athletic talents get on better in an era without lots of technical types around. Any weight in that you think?
Biggest example of what I said is, to me, the seeming inability of the young guns to get past the surviving and active greats around them.
Bernard Hopkins is schooling folks and he's nearly 50.
Marquez is cleaning house, and he's old for his weight.
Pacquiao, regardless of the scorecards, just schooled the premier American light-welterweight.
Floyd Mayweather made Victor Ortiz look like a punk.
Sergio Martinez took the robust brute Chave Jr. and clowned him.
Absolutely, athletes survive and thrive in the absence of craft. The proof is present by the fact that those without craft are still falling to those with boxing mastery, even as they get comically old.
Seriously. Bernard Hopkins might not even be done winning against younger fighters. He's almost 50. In the time I grew up in, there would be no excuse for a fighter in his mid-twenties, with a good trainer, and a solid amateur background, to lose to a 50-year old guy. It's astonishing. BHop is just THAT much better.