Saddler was nearly undefeated at featherweight, most of his losses were fighting bigger men. And he dominated the series with Pep. Pep won 56 of his next 59 losses after the plane crash. It was a remarkable comeback but he did recover. He passed every physical and fought at a championship level. You will find zero articles from the time around when he fought Saddler the first time where that reference him being a shell of his former self ... because he wasn’t. He boxed brilliantly in the years after the crash. Oh, guess who those three losses in his next 59 fights came against. Saddler, of course. Had he come back from the crash and not been a championship-caliber fighter after, sure, you could chalk up the losses to the injuries. But he beat great fighters after that and no one made a peep of excuse except in retrospect to explain that one guy in history completely had his number. Go read about Ric Flair, the wrestler, who also broke his back in a plane crash. He went on to great achievement. As did Pep. He’s the second-best featherweight of all time and maybe a top 10 P4P. But Saddler was better at 127.