Originally Posted by natonic
This one goes the distance. Close fight. Hopkins is certainly building a case for a higher ranking in an ATG sense, but a lot of his best work has been above 160. I think Hagler is the better Middleweight. I believe Hopkins would spoil a bit and make this an ugly fight, and Hagler would edge it on workrate. Prime Hagler, lets say 79-83, was a better middleweight than Hopkins. Hagler - Duran really wasn't that close. Antuofermo certainly wasn't DRAW close. Hagler destroyed some good fighters in that time frame. Better than most of the fighters Hopkins struggled with in his middleweight run.
Good solid post ... Hopkins had done some great work post middlweight. Which certainly moves him up the ladder