Originally Posted by bodhi
Gatti could have trained as much as he wanted, he never would have beaten Mayweather. Same argument.
Sparring is not fighting either. Itīs a controlled environment. Accidents may happen but they are not the standard.
Whatīs your job? After you learned it, where you good it from the start because you knew the "how" or did you need a few years of practice until you got there?
There are prodigys like Mayweather and perhaps Ward but they are rare and not the standard. You donīt judge scientists by einstein or Newton, are you?
Boxing can be a profession - and for 99.9% of fighters it is, where you learn your profession but get good through experience - and it can be an art - which is the tiny minority at the very top, the Grebs, Armstongs, Robinsons, Alis, Leonards and Jones of the world who just have a talent that transcends the sport. However, those are NOT the ones to go by.
Sparring is what you make of it. Some sparring isn't worth a damn but you can practice some very real things if you want. The problem with your analogy (starting a job and not being good at it) is that you don't recognize that sparring is a kind of experience. It's not the equivalent of simply "knowing how" to do something.