Originally Posted by PaulieMc
What Calzaghe is this? Joe Calzaghe, the one I know off, spent 85% of his career fighting traffic wardens and takeaway deliverymen. Was the laughing stock of boxing, much like Cleverly is currently, for nearly a decade. He finally stepped up and had some big fights which he won but by then it was a bit late in the day. FW held him back for years and Calzaghe's career will always be one of unfilled potential in the eyes of many boxing fans because of it.
The top 10 greatest fighters ever?
Robinson is up there due to his record.
Ali up there due to his fame and charisma perhaps.
Calzaghe is up there just because he is the best all round fighter any of us will ever likely witness.
Perceived resume is important for most fighter's reputations, but when you are as good full stop as Calzaghe was then it does not matter that the likes of Leonard, Duran and Hagler were not around for him to beat up. He doesn't need to prove a thing.
(Calzaghe probably has less renowned names than any other GOAT contender on his resume)