Originally Posted by ChrisPontius
You would rate Ali #1 when he has just been smoked by Frazier, who is only #6?? And Frazier looked immortal at that point, especially when ranking head to head there's no justification for Ali higher than Frazier whatsoever in 1971.
I said it was based on "IN THEIR PRIMES". Ali was clearly not in his prime for the Frazier fight, nor did anyone at that time who knew a thing or two thought that Ali was still in his prime after watching the Bonavena fight and then the Frazier fight, noticing there was a different Ali on those occassions then the one before his exile.