QUOTE (STEVENSKI @ Aug 24 2009, 07:33 AM)
His legacy was signed sealed & delivered well before the Tyson fight. The Tyson fight had as much to do with his legacy as McBride did with Tyson's. Had he won it would have added to his legacy & catapaulted him straight to #1 heavyweight of all time. How it is so so so different by a old rusty 39 year old losing to a peak Tyson confuses me. The only fights he has ever lost were world title fights, never knocked out or stopped. I would love to know what else he could have done to do mor efor his legacy I really would Sal.
Think about it did SRL losing to Camacho affect his legacy as a great fighter? Did Duran losing William fucking Joppy affect his legacy? Of course not because when they were at their peak they did more than enough to secure their legacy as ATG fighters.
The difference with Holmes-Tyson was that it was Holmes' biggest fight on the biggest stage. (And yes, I believe it was at least as big as his fight with Ali or Cooney.) And the thing about the Tyson fight was that Holmes (who I think was retired at the time and given like 8 weeks notice and the biggest paycheck of his career) looked so bad and uncoordinated - and that's the impression people have of him.
His earlier fights were obviously way different and if he'd retired after the Cooney fight, there wouldn't be a chance in the world that anyone would have anything to say about him other than he was a top hw who could have held his own with anyone. But he looked so rediculous against Tyson that that is the strongest impression most people have of him.
Holmes beat all the great hws of his era and he just stayed around too long, fighting as an aging, B-level fighter, just like Duran did. The problem is that the only fight of his anyone ever sees today is the Tyson fight because they constantly replay all of Tyson's kos. The only fights of Duran's they ever show are his first fight with Leonard and his fight with Hagler.