Originally Posted by mr. magoo
I think Cooney's people were really pushing for the Weaver fight. Had it come off, it probably would have been sometime in the late fall of 1981. Cooney had a good chance against Weaver in my opinion. Mike was a very slow starter who sometimes got in trouble early in fights, while Cooney was most dangerous in the first 3-4 rounds. Gerry also had a significant height and weight advantage. I wouldn't be surprised if a fight like that ended in similar fashion to the Lyle and Norton bouts...
Gerry had a much better chance vs Weaver for the resons you state and it may have been a needed confidence builder. Look what confidence did for fighters like Weaver after Holmes 1...Gerry had balls but lacked confidence...people that know Gerry's history can understand why he did.