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Old 09-27-2007, 09:25 PM   #16
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Hard to argue with the first list, but a young Camacho would make my list. Imagine if he was more dedicated?
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:26 PM   #17
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In that case the thread didn't make sense, because none of that has to do with being a naturally talented fighter. It has more to do with being a completely textbook boxer, in which case you could certainly make a case. But the above and being "naturally talented" don't go hand in hand at all.

Which one do you want?
Co-ordination
Timing
Reflexes
Speed
Power
Chin

Lopez has those. Calzaghe certainly does. Both to a greater extent than Hopkins too.

Lopez has those attributes and applied them into a text book style.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:31 PM   #18
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Hopkins relies on his intelligence and conditioning.

Hopkins almost 100% fullfilled his potential (through hard-work and technique), Calzaghe about 50% of his potential, but Calzaghe beats him anyway. You cannot list the man who lost to Roy Jones so comfortably.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:33 PM   #19
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I think Speed is the only one there that you can say Calzaghe has got the edge over Hopkins in.
Calzaghe was a talented footballer. Hopkins was a criminal. Calzaghe has the universally transferable talent.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:35 PM   #20
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Their timing is equal and it is all Hopkins has to rely on.

Calzaghe has a billion superior attributes relevant in boxing.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:37 PM   #21
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Hopkins relies on his intelligence and conditioning.

Hopkins almost 100% fullfilled his potential (through hard-work and technique), Calzaghe about 50% of his potential, but Calzaghe beats him anyway. You cannot list the man who lost to Roy Jones so comfortably.
How can he be 50% when his potential is limitless?
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:43 PM   #22
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Imagine the following scenario...

Hopkins, Lopez and Calzaghe are all mentally retarded. Their capacity for learning is somewhat limited.

Hopkins is the worst of the lot, by far.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:52 PM   #23
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Hopkins' 'learning ability' is a result of his environment, not his genes.
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:57 PM   #24
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Hopkins is just an example of totally fullfilled potential, not an unbelievable talent.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:01 PM   #25
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Totally fullfiled potential due to talent

Just because he's not flashy doesn't mean he's not talented. Being smart is a talent, having great defense and ring generalship, being dedicated, and timing is also a talent. Just because he's not Roy Jones fast or a one punch KO artist don't forget everything else.
'Smartness' is almost entirely based on environment, not genetics. You could in theory train just about any baby in the world up to be a genius.

You cannot train them to have Joe Calzaghe muscluar composition and reflexes. You can train them a little, not to Calzaghe's level though.
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Leonard
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Mayweather
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Imagine the following scenario...

Hopkins, Lopez and Calzaghe are all mentally retarded. Their capacity for learning is somewhat limited.

Hopkins is the worst of the lot, by far.
LMAO you are taking this pretty far
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:12 PM   #28
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Jones, Leonard, Whitaker, Mayweather, Ali....

Based purely on "natural boxing talent" I would take this five.

Tyson, to me, required more training and repetition of techniques, whereas someone like Jones could do stuff that you could not train someone to do. Bernard Hopkins again learned his style by watching the past legends and perfecting it, so it wasn't necessarily a "natural ability" that helped him rise to the top, albeit anyone who reaches such a high level must have some ability to start with.

Tough to beat the five I've listed here for just "having it".
Those are my top five
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Jones, Curry, Hearns, Whitaker, Tyson on just natural ability.
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:37 PM   #30
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Let me also make mention of Wladamir Klitshco. His natural speed, power, technique, etc are awesome for not only a man of his size, but simply in general. You would be hard pressed to find a HW with faster hands than Wladamir....

And no I am not a Klitshco fan.
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