Re: Is it impossible for the fighters of today to ever reach the greatness of SRR or SRL?
No, because fans overrate the old timers.
I dare you to take a look at SRR resume, how many of those fights could you toss out as bum of the week canidates.
If the champs of today fought those kinds of tune-up paycheck fights in between "real" title fights they'd be crucified.
I think the question that needs to be asked is this. If Sugar Ray Robinson fought today, would he win 173 fights? Would he be light years better than Winky, Miranda, Pavlik, Taylor, Calzaghe, Abraham, etc?
Do you not think that those same guys couldn't hang with Basilio, Fullmer, LaMotta, and Turpin??
You really think Robinson would win against Hagler? You think he could of dominated Leonard, Hearns, Nunn, and Toney? Let alone Roy Jones.
He might win some of those fights, but he wouldn't dominate all those guys.
He was a superior athlete in a era of tough guy punching bags and a few other skilled fighters who fought too much and got their heads beat in for a living, and not to name the dirty fights and fixed outcomes of the era.