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?
It would but inevitability his quality of opposition would have been undermined.
His layoff gave fighters a chance to establish themselves are great fighters in thier own right. His quality of opposition, at least the perception of it was improved by his abscence.
So in that regard yes it did help tremendously.