Originally Posted by ETM
Going against the grain I think Pep is greater...Leonard was the better fighter at their respective peaks because he had more power and could end a fight when he got a man in trouble.
Pep greater IMV because of his longevity and the fact that he did win the title back from a fellow alltime great in Sandy Saddler.
It is definitley splitting hairs.
Seeing Willie Pep in his prime, there is no greater admirer of Willie.
However great as Pep was, Leonard was a masterful boxer with a great
boxing brain who could also hit with trip-hammer blows...He flattened a Rocky Kansas who was a block of concrete, with one punch. And ETM for seven years Leonard DOMINATED the greatest array of lightweights, and was still in peak form when he adhered to his mom's wishes to quit