Originally Posted by !! Shawn
Its the hall of fame, not the hall of extra ordinary skills. Its stated goal is to "honor and preserve the rich heritage.."
Arturo Gatti was as much a part of that heritage during his career as any of his contemporaries.
I love how you clipped the quote just enough to completely ignore the part where it says "...CHRONICLE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THOSE WHO EXCELLED."
This is exactly why Gatti won't get my vote, and the argument posed for him rings hollow. Everyone who will vote for him is playing semantics with "Hall of Fame." If it's only about fame, then start reserving a spot for Saul Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez.
If Danny Lopez is worthy, so is Gatti.
This is the worst argument for anyone making the Hall of Fame, and the reason why so many "very good not great" fighters have made it in. A line has to be drawn somewhere.
That said, it's debatable as to whether Gatti was as accomplished. Even though Lopez' most notable wins came against great fighters on the wrong side of their prime, Gatti doesn't even have any of those on his resume.