Re: If Riddick Bowe had the dedication of Marciano? Would he be one of the best?
He was fragile. After a coddled start to his career, he had an easy road to the title, a fairly grueling trilogy with Holy (but just a trilogy) and some underwhelming defenses. That is not exactly an exhausting, damaging career but he was done at 29. A true great would require more durability than that.
Also, for all his skill at infighting, I am not sure that was the best approach for him. His angles and leverage inside were excellent but his defense was porous. He should have been encouraged to use footwork and a jab more, wear down his opponents from the outside and avoid the inside wars.