Originally Posted by Sonny's jab
I dont think Futch is discrediting Ali's record, he's just crediting Ali's managers for not making too many mistakes.
When he says: "... they generally chose fighters who were too old or too slow and never at their peak", I think he is discrediting Ali by making it sound like he rarely fought good opposition.
With the exception of Williams and to some extent Folley all of Ali's bigger name opponents were in their prime or close to it when Ali fought them, so I think that he is very incorrect to say that. Ali fought just about everyone there was to fight, something which can't entirely be said about Futch's own protogé, Frazier, who didn't fight Lyle or Shavers in the later part of his career for example.