Again, all fair points TR. I agree Moore got more consistent later on in his career. Rummy's sticky top 25 fighters by each decade thread opened my eyes to this. I ranked Moore as the greatest p4p boxer of the 1950's, based solely on fights contested in that decade. Moore went 67-3-2 in the 50's, including 9-0 in LHW title fights. His only defeats were to Marciano, Patterson & Harold Johnson, who he also beat 3 times during the decade. His win resume in the 50's was very good & in addition to Johnson included Maxim x 3, the 13lbs & 29.5lbs heavier Nino Valdes, 19lbs heavier Bob Baker, Oakland Billy Smith, 9lbs lighter Bert Lytell, Bobo Olsen & past prime Jimmy Bivins. The reason I struggle ranking him is, during the 1940's his opposition was superior to the 50's & he lost 14 times, at an age, and with an experience level, that means I just can't consider him pre-prime. Was he so much more inconsistent in the 40's than the 50's because his opposition was better? Or was it because he got better? I don't completely discount the latter, but it's difficult to believe that, for e.g. when he lost 3 out of 6 fights in 1948 to Leonard Morrow, Henry Hall and Lloyd Gibson, having had 113 fights going into those 6 at the age of 34, that he was green, pre-prime or even that he got better. When I had my first shot at an all time top 50 p4p, Moore came in at about #29. For Rummy's top 25 boxers by decade threads I had him #10 in the 40's & #1 in the 50's, much better than several fighters I'd ranked above him on my p4p top 50 list, where I subsequently bumped him up to #22, but even then I feel he's probably too low. For most of the fighters in my top 30, they have a range of just a few spots where I could see them ranked, with Moore I can entertain arguments for top 10 and outside top 25. Like I say, I just find it really hard to position him. Honestly, assessing his career does my head in. I think his career exposes the flaws in my ranking criteria, or at least how I apply it. For me personally speaking, I'm comfortable that he's a good answer to question posed in the title of this thread.