Originally Posted by Epie2
Dominating a fighter who is not a natural middleweight does not really make Hopkins greater than the great middleweight champions of past decades.
Some of the best opponents Hagler faced (Hearns, Leonard) and Monzon faced (Benvenuti, Griffith, Napoles) were not natural middleweights. Still, Hopkins i don't think Hopkins is in the top 5.
Here's how i personally see it:
1. Harry Greb
2. Sugar Ray Robinson
3. Carlos Monzon
4. Marvin Hagler
5. Stanley Ketchel
6. Jake LaMotta
...are ahead of Hopkins. It could be debated that he's on par with Cerdan, Zale, and Walker.
I mainly put an emphasis on level of opposition. Hopkins' has been mediocre with the exception of DLH and Trinidad.