QUOTE (salvador @ May 20 2011, 06:03 PM)
Risk floats my boat because risk leads to drama, and drama is exciting. I love every one of the fighters you named above and I've never watched a toughman contest or thunderbox. Hitting and not getting hit is ok if you're knocking your guy out doing it or at least abusing him. But if hitting and not getting hit is how you would describe Floyd-Baldomir and you would rate that performance as "great" because Floyd won every round, then we like boxing for different reasons.
It's machismo - the same spirit that causes some bullfighters to take absurd life threatening risks in the ring is what makes Mexican fighters have above all other ethnicities. (I once saw a bullfighter in Monterrey put his hands behind his back and kiss a tired, but still very alive, bull's forehead.) It's what makes Mexican fighters special. And Salvador Sanchez was a great and intelligent fighter with very solid defense and less power than most of the very top guys and yet he was as Mexican as Pancho Villa in the ring.
I'm not the most well versed on the pantheon of Mexican Legends...but I can tell you this...I've appreciated the Hell outta most of 'em...
Same goes for the Puerto Rican Greats (oh no!...lol)...I used to study Wilfred Benitez when I was a kid...I thought he was Boxing perfection.
Chavez may arguably be the greatest due to his record and resume...but I personally
prefer Lopez, Marquez, Barrera, Morales, and Sanchez over him...I was never that high on Chavez, Bazooka...sorry...lol
P.S.~ De La Hoya was an American boxer of Mexican descent, just like Donaire is an American of Filipino descent...that's their appropriate classification.