QUOTE (salvador @ Oct 19 2010, 11:39 AM)
"Margarito", pre-Mosley wraps issue, and "Bute" have no business being in the same sentence. Margarito was punishing guys and taking their best shots in return like a walk in the park. None of the top 168 pounders are afraid of Bute in the way that Floyd, Zab ect. were afraid of Marg. Different story altogether.
Marg was going out of his way to fight the best whereas Bute fills stadiums with C level guys and so he does it. If no one else on this board should understand that you should.
I definitely understand what you are saying. Maybe Margarito did have credibility, but it just seems that very small differences make such a big difference of opinion on the two. Margarito having a good chin and Mayweather not fighting him seems to be the difference and give Margarito the edge over Bute. Keep in mind that when the super 6 started, Bute was only on about 24-25 fights. Dirre ll and Ward were not going to happen years ago, still too fresh, Abraham was at middle, and Kessler years ago had a fight with Calzaghe, lost and then not much happened with him, and Calzaghe? Had fought Kessler, Hopkins and then retired. I suppose he could have fought Froch?
I just don't think at the time prior to super 6, there was a huge list of fighters that had to fight Bute or vice versa. The super 6 is what gave some of these fighters the reputation, and they just were not BIG fights for anyone prior to the super 6. If the trend continues after the super 6, I will be right with you. But for now, not much else I can say.
I just think you are being a little hard on Bute, and I think hindsight is the reason. People can say that some of the guys in the super 6 would have been good fights for Bute, but prior to the super 6, there wasn't much to it, up until now. I am willing to give Bute a chance.
Bute only won his title in 2007, that same year Kessler-Calzaghe fought, then Calzaghe fought Hopkins soon after. There just wasn't much going on at 168, it just seems like Bute could have done a whole lot more now, because the names at 168 seem familiar now. Though it wasn't the case previously.