Originally Posted by la-califa
If the five top fighters have all the skills plus were so huge that thier fights were more of "events" than fights. The list would have to be: 1. Muhammed Ali, 2. Roberto Duran 3. Sugar Ray Leonard. 4. Marvin hagler 5. Julio Cesar Chavez. Although there are fighters more skilled, these fighters transcended the sport & elevated boxing to another level with the huge stage inwhich they put boxing in. Fighter like Jones, Whitaker & Hearns all had tremendous talent but these five put on bouts that put boxing on the world stage.
Roberto Duran really wasn't this big draw in boxing, its the truth. During the 1970's, he was just a normal champ defending his belt and getting average paychecks for a world champ. It was his fights with the fab 4 that made him 'popular' and he lost almost all of those fights.