Originally Posted by FlyingFrenchman
You probably think the lunar landing in '69 was fake, 911 was an "inside job", the Sandy Hook shootings were fake, and that the Ravens and the 49ers in the Super Bowl was prearranged.
'66 Ali was clearly better than '80 Ali but a case can be made that an early to mid-70's Ali (he should have retired in 1975) was as good or even better than '66 Ali. I'll explain. Yes, Ali wasn't as fast or flashy but he was smarter, bigger, and stronger. He was more experienced and proven vs. better competition. He know had faced Frazier x3, Norton x2, Foreman, and others. Sure, he was still a bit rusty vs. Frazier in their first fight and lost but he still fought great vs. another great. He clearly won their 2nd fight and managed to win their rubber match after going thru hell. He came in a little lazy vs. Norton and lost by decision. He beat Norton in their rematch. Norton should have won in '76 but I'm not going past '75. He was older and sometimes came to fight at less than 100% but he was still great and sometimes as good as he once was.
I asked why Leonard didnt make known his revelation that he could beat Hagler until after scraping by Mugabi. Why not declare it during the first Hamsho fight? In fact, Ray said he wanted Hagler then but by fight's end had already chickened out. He chickened out of it becuz he knew the only possible outcome would be himself lying facefirst, courtesy of a Hagler fight hook
Fact is, he was no more interested in Hagler then than he was in Micheal Nunn after witnessing the decapitation of Kalambay from ringside, or an immediate rematch with Norris