Originally Posted by JohnThomas1
I would give Hopkins a 4/5 Rooster. Solid power while not great. Maybe similar to a Holmes P4P. Hagler might hover around 4.5 with Hearns and Valdez making 5 IMO. Roldan MAYBE 4.5, but different to Hagler, less sharp and cracking but more ponderous type power. SRR might garner a 4.75, it's hard to rate perfectly. Benn and McClellan right up near the top. Remember that many recent middles had the advantage of coming in way way heavier at fight time.
Bernard doesn't compare with Roldan. Roldan was a puncher if there ever was one.
The fact is Bernard is one of the lesser punchers in the history of the division. Solid but as far as it goes. Even Larry Merchant said he never had a real punch and you're comparing him with Hagler and Roldan.
What got him where he is is a combination of factors. For one, he ruled a mediocre division. In Bernard's favor, he was durable with loads of stamina but he could be outpointed.
I still don't understand tho how feather fisted Jermaine was able to hurt someone like Bernard. What happened there?