Originally Posted by Russell
Wait, who the hell says his record is padded?
That's not the point of this thread at all.
No, I know it's not the point of the thread. But it seems like Futch wanted to imply that Ali's record doesn't really stand up for scrutiny, and I don't think really that's fair. He fought Williams when he was past it, and Folley when he was aging. Otherwise I think most of his opponents was in good condition when he fought them, and he faced just about everyone there was to face.
But to answer the thread, yes Ali seemed to be well managed on his rise to the top. He took on some good opponents to get experience while at the same time not biting off more than he could chew. His managers didn't like the fact that the Liston fight came along so soon, but Clay wanted it badly.