Originally Posted by DOM5153
Athletically gifted yes, maybe the most gifted in that department ever to lace them up. Most skilled definately not, he lost a fraction of his speed and that aura of invincibility quickly followed with it. He had a pre warning in the first Tarver fight and didnt have enough in his locker to adjust for the second fight. His skillset is average but he was amazing in his prime and a joy to watch.
His skillset was most definitely not average.
A one-fight warning isn't enough. Take any fighter's athletic attributes and dramatically reduce them over the course of two fights, they're not going to have time to adjust from how they've fought their whole career.