Originally Posted by Tarik One
+ Benitez. Benitez was just one of the best defensive 147 pounders ever.
Yes... Benitez was also a great, great win. It was a dominant victory, too... And Benitez was undefeated at the time.
I was never a huge SRL guy. My favorites of that era were Duran and Hearns later on, but you can't deny what the guy accomplished.
I'll just put it like this... SRL actually dominated a guy who is above him on the pound-for-pound list (Duran). There aren't too many all-timers who can say that they dominated one of the Top 5 boxers to ever live. SRL can say that.
The interesting thing about Leonard is that he didn't fight all that much. He only had 36 bouts in his injury-plagued (and possible drug-plagued) career. However, you look at the quality of opponents and it is nearly unparalleled. Benitez, Hearns, Hagler, Duran... even guys like Kalule, Lalonde and Terry Norris/Camacho later in his career.
He may have the most star-studded resume outside of SRR.
As for Pacquiao, he has a legitimate argument for being in the Top 20 all-time. The thing that his resume is missing, though, is that other great p4p equal in their prime. That is why this potential bout with Mayweather is so important.
I've heard Pac say that he doesn't need Floyd. While that is undeniably true when it comes to finishing with a great career, he does need Floyd if he wants to crack the SRL territory.
What is Pacquiao's greatest victory? Morales? Marquez? Barrera? Cotto?
Those are very nice wins, don't get me wrong... But you won't find any of those names within anyone's Top 50 all-time pound-for-pound list.
Floyd and Manny need each other if either has any plans to make a run at the Top 10 all-time list. Hopefully, pride and ego don't get in the way of making the most sensible, obvious and historically significant boxing match since Duran-Leonard I.
In fact, ego and pride is exactly what should make this fight happen. Come on, guys.