Originally Posted by acb
John if you have time, could you compare him to SRL, Roy Jones Jr, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Its rare to get to talk to someone who has seen all of these fighters.
Leonard was most like Robinson: Smooth movement around the ring, picture-book punches, a flare for the dramatic, blazing hand speed and flashy combinations, but they didn’t carry Robinson’s authority, and he was less durable.
As for Jones, we can’t compare them at welter. Roy never fought pro at that weight. But, style for style, RJ’s unique – a performance artist – all instincts, reflexes and athleticism. His combinations were blinding, but not as fully extended as Robinson’s. His weakness was durability, too. But, for as long as it lasted, he’d give SRR fits.
Mayweather is like the Tiger Woods of the ring – born to box – a prodigy. But as brilliant as he is, his temperament is about winning – looking pretty. Sugar always looked pretty, but he was a killer from the opening bell.