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He was a very average sized lightweight but had great strength, stamina and power along with his other skills. At 5'7" with 66" reach he was the epitome of an average or perfect sized lightweight. You can see clearly against Buchanan that he's significantly shorter with less reach or the same size along with many of his other 135 fights. The only guy I remember him looking bigger than was Vilomar Fernandez, but he was a shortass at 135. Despite beating Arguello, he was towered over by a full head so.... By the time he left 135 he had grown into a solid, but not big, lightweight.
He moved up to 147 ok, but you could see the size difference start showing up, especially against someone like Ray Leonard at 5'11" and his 74" reach. Even against Palomino he looked relatively small, but certainly not overly so.
He wasn't and should never have been up at and above 154. It was his great chin, defence and savvy that got him through those divisions. He showed, even as a welter, apart from against Leonard, the beginnings of his lack of training as he looked pudgy for most of his 147 fights before Leonard. At 154 and above he just looked off balance, fat and slow.
Last edited by BennyST; 07-17-2012 at 11:46 PM.