Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Brixton Bomber, Jun 16, 2021.
Emile Griffith.....and people say muscles are bad for boxers
Peak Pac was just out of this world. He takes the cake for me. Hagler was something else as well. And let's not forget prime Duran. As with Hopkins, people can be a bit blinded by the past prime version. Duran was a relentless beast in his prime.
Calzaghe and Jirov have been very correctly mentioned here, but peak Pac was a power punching version of them. Also smaller, of course, but to keep up that combination of output and power is just beyond anything I've seen.
Hopkins was a freak of nature in terms of conditioning. The first Mercado fight is testimony to this. He threw 100 punches a round from the first to the twelfth in 100+ degree heat, something like 9000ft above sea level in Quito and he came on stronger late. One of the best showings ever IMO.
The fact that he stayed in such good condition that he could comfortably make 160 at 40, and meet DLH's catch-weights at that age. The fact he stayed in shape until he was 50 is only more evidence.
Definitely one of the most dedicated fighters ever.
Barry McGuigan in his peak years.
Zack Padilla was a modern version of Henry Armstrong. Think his fight with Oliveria holds the record for punch output
Wayne McCullough was a cardio machine
Did anybody say Jeff Fenech?
Leaving out heavys
1 Roberto Duran Montreal
2 Wilfredo Gomez -Zarate Pintor LaPorte just look at his body ame as Duran above
3 Braxton 1981
4 Hagler vs Hamsho 1 & Sibson
7 Saad Muhammad
8. Margarito at Welter
9. Sanchez always top 5 pd f pd
10 Saoul Mamby
Any pure swarmers, for as long as they can keep doing it. When they can't get into that perfect shape anymore, they're reduced to standing around looking for that big punch that rarely comes.