Originally Posted by Tarik One
.........Ray retired (the 1st time) after that fight to go tapdancing and run a nightclub (The movie Harlem Nights was loosely based on it). After 3 years of being out the ring, he came back and was damn near back to original form.
Next to Jordan, the greatest athlete to come back from retirement. These fighters of today can't hold a candle to SRR. Floyd may brag about being better than a lot of all-time great and even name names, but notice he NEVER mentions SRR, cause he knows what's up.
SRR is No. 1 and no one is even close. I often shuffle around my top five p4p in positions 2-5.
Henry Armstrong, Harry Greb, Roberto Duran, and Willie Pep can all make a case for any of those positions, but the guy at the top NEVER changes. His resume and accomplishments are beyond compare. At his absolute peak, his record was 128-1-2 and that was against the most elite competition in five different weight classes (back when there were way less classes).
He was a natural lightweight and he won the middleweight title.... FIVE TIMES.
As for Floyd, I'm not sure what people would have him say when he is asked... "Nah... Robinson was way better than me."
That kind of honesty isn't in any fighter's DNA. Countless fighters in the past have claimed to be the greatest that has ever lived. Boxers NEED to have that kind of bravado to step into the ring and do what they do.
There is only one correct answer, though... And it isn't close and likely never will be.