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Old 01-18-2013, 08:13 PM   #10
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Default Re: Sugar Ray Leonard; worthy of being a top 20 ATG

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Originally Posted by TIGEREDGE View Post
he has one of the greatest if not the greatest resume/record of all time
Not from my perspective.

Several boxers had a lot more fights, month in, month out, against the best of their day. I don't believe Leonard's record, while spectacular, can match Ezzard Charles', for but one example:

Moore x3
Walcott x2
Bivins x4
Maxim x5
Marshall x2
Burley x2
Louis
Yarosz

All in the Hall of Fame. Went tooth and nail versus Marciano and lost a controversial decision to Harold Johnson, too, when a few years past his best of course. Not mentioning a whole host of Davey Green level contenders, a beaten list of which must be twice the length of Leonard's.

Sorry - old timers seemed to fight more often against quality opposition (I'm well aware they generally lost more as well). That's just the way it is, not favouritism.

Leonard, about #22 for me. But higher for ability. I feel he'd have carved a definite top ten all-time career for himself if he'd been around earlier and ended up with a record of 89-9-2 and more names and numbers of names to his name.
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