Originally Posted by Duodenum
Pipino Cuevas is my choice as well. The combined won-loss records of vaquished opponents in title matches during his four year reign of terror was a freakish 505-70-29. Every punch he threw was an intended knockout blow, and against the defensively gifted Randy Shields, he secured his 15 round credentials as well. Hearns was fortunate to have been born with the endowments of height, reach and speed which allowed him to hit Cuevas without getting hit in return. The definitive leverage puncher, it's very well known that he's the only boxer besides Foreman to break the speed bag at Gleason's Gym. He fractured bones like Fitzsimmons, but while Fitz did it with two ounce gloves, Cuevas did it with eight ounce gloves. If he'd been 6'4" and weighed 220, he might still be champion.
Anybody who watched Pipino's four year tltle run might be hard pressed to name another better candidate for this distinction.
It's nice to see some credit given both where it's due and where we don't usually find it. What a fantastic asset you've been already.