QUOTE (Jovi @ Feb 12 2013, 04:32 PM)
My personal favorite is Mayweather, aside from his antics, in the ring his skills are unmatched. After Mayweather vs Marquez, it was a wrap, Ill always be a fan of his work in the ring.
Marquez after Knocking out Pacquiao got pretty up there in my rankings. Ill always remember that, I called Marquez to win but DAMN. Hall of fame. Mayweather fucked up lol
Ward has the skills but is too inactive. I didn't really hear watch him until after i put a working on Froch. It was a wrap from there. And then he beat my next favorite Chad dawson, made him quit. haha dammm. Ward is nice but needs to fight more and cashout on his talents. before its too late!
If someone were to actually WIN against Mayweather then maybe they can take that torch. Canelo has potential for someone so young, if he were to beat Mayweather, Martinez, stepp down and beat Pacquiao somehow maybe Marquez?!!?. I'd be impressed but nahh no rivals for Mayweather,
If he we are talking Best "Fighters" of the Era i'll have to go with Jon Jones!!
Broner, Russel Jr, Rigondeux, Canelo- I have high hopes for after Mayweather retires ...and little 'cashflow' from 24/7
I don't agree that it was Floyd's fault that Pacquaio didn't take the 40 million offered to him, he (Manny) was the one who got KTFO for far less.
Back on topic though, let me break it down nice and simple like this:
Floyd is the best concerning boxing skills, Hopkins is second concerning skills (When he's not gunshy his offensive abilities are nearly as great as Floyd's and I'd say defensively that Hopkins may be even better at this point). Mayweather's career early into his start already solidified his HOF status but let's not forget that he will be looked at for ducking the following fighters by many (although I do not agree with it):
Casamayor, Frietas, Margarito and Pacquiao.
Hopkins has faced tough opposition but he will be accused of ducking the following (again, I don't always agree):
Jones rematch (earlier than it happened), and Toney.
BHop has the longest MW reign behind him and as many defenses, that achievement alone solidified his HOF status and everything he's done or is doing now is no more than an extra cherry on top of an already great career.
IMO, it is a tie based on BHop's longevity, age and still fighting the top level opposition all along while having moved up from MW puts him on par with Mayweather, couple that with his equally as good offensive ability and his better defensively abilities (ask me and I'll elaborate why) then it becomes more clear why they're on the same level.