Originally Posted by MAG1965
Not lack of heart, just a very smart fighter. He had 24 rounds to figure out how to beat Pryor and the second fight was even more an uphill battle than the first. He stayed down because he knew there was nothing he could do. Pryor was too fast and young and stronger at 140. Yet Arguello is rated higher in the ATG in my mind.
The thing is... If Floyd is knocked out today by a younger/fresher/faster guy, everyone would bash him non stop 24/7 even though Floyd is past his prime/legs somewhat gone, etc. Floyd is 36...
Arguello was only 30 at the time, he had something left. It wasn't like he was completely shot. He even said in the post fight conference "I wasn't that hurt, I didn't want to risk my life." It just makes it seem like he was there for a paycheck.
I don't think we'll ever see Floyd quit like that. Just saying.