Originally Posted by IntentionalButt
The Larry that beat up Muhammad in defense of the WBC title vs. the Muhammad that beat up Larry in sparring years earlier.
This was inspired by both the recent Holmes interview that Rumsfeld and Boxing Girl did on the OTR show, as well as the Classic Forum all-time heavyweights ranking (in which Holmes netted about 1/3 the points as Ali).
Now, I'm not going to try and fight the uphill battle that Holmes rightfully deserved to be #1 (although #3 may be a bit too far a swing in the other direction) - a case can be made, but a case under duress and fought uphill. Ali at his best is hard to deny. But stylistically, if you could put a wrinkle in time and take the closest to prime Ali available (we'll go with immediately post-"hiatus" given that the what-if period is an unknown quantity) and pit him head-to-head against Larry at his peak in terms of ability (except in this fight, not playing nice and pulling punches as he did in October 1980) - how would
the fight play out?
Someone needs to explain to me why it's never Holmes (prime) vs Ali (prime)?