Originally Posted by TBooze
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.
I have heard HBO didn't want to deal with him after the attacks before and he definitely gave them an easy out with his performance against Calvo, but I think the main thing holding Nas back is the perception he's an underachiever that quit rather than redeem himself after an embarrassing loss. For such a gobshite that's unforgivable, especially a foreign one that came down to the ring on a flying carpet.