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Old 05-15-2008, 10:53 AM   #16
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Default Re: Did the exile hurt Ali's legacy or did it help it?

Originally Posted by Bokaj
But let's say that he never went into exile and ruled supreme for 14 years until he lost to Holmes in 1978 with 30+ defenses under his belt (I'm not saying he necessarily would reign that long, but if he did), could anyone dispute his standing as the nr. 1 HW? Wouldn't he have a good claim to be seen as one of the very best p4p, even?
I think he would have been beaten by Norton anyway (just seemed to have Ali's number) but not sure about how it would have affected his legacy. I can see both sides of the coin too.

One thing I do know is that I would have loved to have seen more of the Ali that danced around Cleveland Williams. By the time he came back he wasnt the same fighter and couldnt put on that kind of show anymore
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