Originally Posted by burt bienstock
Because there were thousands of fight fans, boxers, trainers, writers who saw the prime Dempsey fight from 1917-23 and were in awe of his power, swiftness and destructive hitting...They saw the man, were in the ring with the man, wrote about his prowess with a tad more insight than you, 85 years later....And a great trainer like Ray Arcel who saw Dempsey up to Ali,
called the Manassa Mauler the greatest, alongst Joe Louis and Ali...Am I to believe your opinion over Ray Arcel's ? Were all the thousands of boxing
fraternity somewhat wrong calling Dempsey truly great and you correct ?
NAY...Put the prime vicious Dempsey in the ring with any heavyweight before him or after him, and he will give ANYONE HELL. Peace...
You can find literally thousands of quotes from figures in boxing extolling the virtues of any champion you care to name. It's much easier to assess the visual evidence and the resume or lack there of, than playing pick a quote.