So, i recently watched Ali v Berbick and Ali, though clearly damaged goods, performed a whole lot better than he did against Holmes. Obviously Berbick is not in the same class as Holmes but was a tough, durable type who was proven, to a point, at world level. I wonder how Ali would have fared had he taken on easier opponents at that time - for instance, a fight with John L. Gardner was mooted in 80/81 I believe. Ali was never gonna win a title again but could he have got himself a few more wins against softer opposition the likes of - Gardner - durable with a decent stamina but little power and slow feet Paul Sykes - really only british level Dino Dennis - at the time was on a 9 fight win streak after the loss to Cooney (tho all these wins were record padders) Eddie Mustafa Muhammad - talented but lazy LHW who tried competing at HW Neville Meade - won british title in '81 but around the same time was losing to 13-9 Leroy Boone Jimmy Abbott - big hitting south african off a ko1 of Kallie Knoetze. Pretty average Could Ali have got a few wins against these somewhat underwhelming opponents?