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Old 01-22-2013, 04:56 PM   #48
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Default Re: Sugar Ray Leonard; worthy of being a top 20 ATG

Originally Posted by prime View Post
No Durán???! Packy in???!

Off the top of your head, you did include Durán in your first post.

If Durán is out, there is no hope for Ray.
Duran possibly in, possibly out.
He's not top 10.

Packey McFarland I need to know more about. It seems he beat Freddie Welsh, Jack Britton and Mike Gibbons, a couple of those multiple, and maybe lost 1 fight early in a career of over 100 fights !

Leonard gets very high marks from me on scalps and as a fighter. The knock against him is his inconsistent activity and his blatantly choreographed comebacks.

But, in the ring--where nobody can help you, he proved better than a prime Hearns, a prime Benitez, undisputed champion Marvin Hagler, got instant revenge from Durán, and got off the canvas to win a light-heavyweight belt.

A superb success ratio for so relatively few fights.

For decades, Jim Jeffries has been considered one of the all-time greats, on half the number of fights.
True enough. Ray Leonard was super-great.
But there's more than 20 super-great fighters jostling for the ranking. There might be more like 50 !
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