QUOTE (Mean Mister Mustard @ Dec 9 2009, 11:09 AM)
I'm a little confused by the title of thread and its actual content. If someone purposely chooses easy fights for maximum reward it doesn't make them lucky. You also mention shortcuts but none of these guys had any easy ones. I guess you could say that Mayweather, since 2003, has chosen the least demanding fights that made him a lot of dought but that doesn't mean he's lucky. Lennox Lewis was somewhat UNLUCKY that Bowe wouldn;t fight him and that when he finally started to be known, Holyfield and Tyson were past their best. He did fight everyone though and beat them all.
Calzaghe took the path of least resistance for much of his career but finally had to step in against Lacy and then Kessler. KO Tzsyu fought tough guys like gonzalez, Tackie, Mithcell 2X, Judah so I don't know what's lucky about that.
Now the Klits, there I agree. They are lucky because they have come along at a time when the Heavyweights ar at one of their lowest points.
As to the subject of shortcuts, I thought you were going to mention shortcuts like DLH getting title shots at an early age or David Reid fighitng Boudani after only 12 fights. Those are shortcuts.
I see where you would be confused. I am basically highlight the difference between a road earned to prestige, and one basically handed out.
Paul Williams had earned every bit of fame he has received, no matter how limited. Bernard, Winky, etc...are all fighters who clawed their way to the top of their divisions.
A person like Kelly Pavlik is LUCKY...as he simply benefited from an opportunity to beat the supposed "next potential legend" in his division, which turned out to be a bust in reality.
Lacey and Kessler was not a "step up". They were mediocre at best fighters. He simply got the chance to expose them first, thus making him look better than he actually was. The Roy Jones win, as well. That's why he is lucky.
Also, by reward...I was moreso referring to their credibility rather than their wallet.