Originally Posted by Bokaj
Posters here too often make it out like going up and receiving more punishment in a hopeless quest should be the most natural thing in the world for every pro fighter. Having sense doesn't mean you're not tough.
I have hard time thinking De la Hoya stayed down willingly against Hopkins, though. He was losing, but not being outclassed or beat up. He must have felt he still was in with a shot.
He was finished. He probably could have stood up, but he was frozen by a body shot; He was done. Had he gotten up to his feet, he'd have been totally impotent. That's probably why he stayed on the ground.
Body shots KOs, every single one of them, are a fighter quitting. You can always stand up. You are just in too much pain, too paralyzed by it, to be bothered.