Originally Posted by Sonny's jab
"The people who picked Ali's opponents during his career did a masterful job. Sometimes they had to bite the bullet and go after a Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, or George Foreman. But apart from that, they generally chose fighters who were too old or too slow and never at their peak. Occasionally, they made a mistake. Doug Jones was a mistake. And of course, when Ali got old, any fight was dangerous."
EDDIE FUTCH, quoted in Thomas Hauser's "Muhammad Ali:His Life And Times"
I think that's a bit unfair of Futch. After all, besides the aforementioned Liston, Frazier, Norton and Foreman he fought more or less prime versions of Patterson, Chuvalo, Cooper, Terrell, Quarry, Bonavena, Ellis, Bugner, Lyle, Shavers, Young and Holmes. Take into account that he beat several ranked contenders before he took on Liston, and I don't see a fighter with a padded record. But that's just me.