Originally Posted by Waynegrade
Good solid post ... Hopkins had done some great work post middlweight. Which certainly moves him up the ladder
Well, I've spent part of my evening reviewing some of Hopkins 90's fights. Just in case I forgot something or would pick up some nuances. Nah, I take it back, Hopkins doesn't deserve to be ranked ahead of Hagler in an ATG sense. Although his acting skills in the first Allen fight were already finely tuned. That first time might have been believable if he didn't subsequently try some **** against Jones (2nd fight), Calzaghe, Dawson. He was a little too content to take his "out" when **** got tough and collect a payday. That **** wouldn't fly against Hagler. **** Hopkins. He couldn't beat Hagler.
Hopkins workrate wasn't ever all that against someone who could fight.