Originally Posted by mr. magoo
I still feel that Foreman was the best choice. He was afterall, the only man who ever truly obliterated Frazier, and it took guts for Joe to get back into the ring with him, certainly to the extent that he was not taking a " safe path back to the crown. " Also, Foreman had just beaten Lyle in troublesome, yet convincing fashion, while Lyle had in turn, just beaten Shavers. Frazier was in the ring with the right guy, when trying to prove himself as still being a key player.
Note that no matter how much Mendoza may try to play up Foreman being "on a slide" post-Ali, he had STILL just knocked out Lyle in his VERY LAST FIGHT before he fought Frazier, which makes the "Frazier-was-ducking-Lyle-but-willing-to-risk-his-chances-at-another-title-shot-by-facing-Foreman-who-had-already-even-previously-obliterated-Frazier-himself-in-two-rounds" historical reconstruction even more obviously silly.