Originally Posted by jeffjoiner
Gatti was/is my favorite fighter. He transcended the sport in many ways and I am happy he made it in.
I completely understand the point of view that his in ring accomplishments don't measure up, though.
Pretty much this for me.
I WANT to lean toward the "fame" argument, as what Gatti did for the sport was great, but I can admit Gatti was never a truly elite fighter.
I think mixed with his untimely death / fame, and the respect most boxing folk have for him simply got him in.