Originally Posted by Langford
I think every heavyweight champion tends to decline once the people who saw them first hand die off. If Ali is going to be an exception (and fighters post Ali) it will be because of reliable film. Ali is the first champ where you can watch the majority of his fights easily.
Ali was ahead of his time. His style will never go out of fashion, they'll never be a time when people watch his fights and don't understand why he was special. Louis was special but his was more subtle, his style was simple. He hit hard. But Ali had incredible footwork, looked fantastic 90% of the time, so he'll never go out of fashion. That's the way I see it. ALI is arguably bigger than boxing anyhow.