Originally Posted by JukeboxTimebomb
Pretty sure in the late 90's Nas was on giant billboards in New York selling Adidas, making appearances on Jay Leno and selling out MSG and the MGM, he was also the Featherweight Champ in thrilling fights and a global star.
Gatti is more popular though and I agree completely with your second point.
Naseem was huge, I agree, but without wanting to get too crude; since September 11th 2001, a boxer who openly talks of his Muslim faith will not be the big name that sells tickets for a Hall of Fame in New York.
It is wrong, Naseem's faith should have no relevance to whether he belongs in a Boxing Hall of Fame. But it means he will only get in, in the near future, underneath a fighter who can sell more tickets. Which does limit his chances of getting in.