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Old 05-15-2008, 12:08 PM   #19
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Default Re: Did the exile hurt Ali's legacy or did it help it?

Originally Posted by PaddyD1983
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
Yeah, if anyone would have beaten him before he got too old it would have been Norton. He would have avenged it of course, but it would have made a dent in his record. Losing to a boxer as good as Holmes at 35+ wouldn't really be held against him, but if he lost to Norton in his early 30's it would have diminished his aura of invincibility somewhat.
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