Originally Posted by TheManchine
Ayala Jr did not beat a single top 10 ranked opponent aside from Carlos Herrera who for whatever reason was still ranked despite having no wins over top opposition and a recent KO loss to an unheralded opponent.
Rosario was number 3 because of the Ring Magazine's questionable decision to rate Aaron Pryor as the number 1 contender at lightweight despite Pryor fighting at 140 lbs.
Both were rated very highly due to their potential and because of what everyone thought they would go on to achieve. In the end Ayala Jr went to prison and Rosario went onto have a good career, although not as good as people thought he would have because of his drug abuse.
Ayala Jr was far from the greatest prospect in boxing history when he was no better than Rosario in his own time.
Actually after the Ayala defeat, Carlos Herrera went undefeated for the next 3 years and in those wins defeated decent fellow South American Alfredo Ruben Lucero stopping him in 8.
You say Ayala Jr was far from the greatest Prospect like this is fact. Many people beside myself also think this including Promoter Bob Arum and legendary trainer Angelo Dundee. Both said he had the potential to be perhaps one of boxing's greatest fighters.
And you also say Ayala had only beaten one fighter in the rating. Well Mike McCallum was rated number #10 and had defeated no one in the rating, the same goes for Gary Guiden, and Charlie Weir two others who hand't beat no one in the rating at that time.
You also always never mention how at 14 years of age he got the better of current WBA Welterweight Champion in Pipeno Cuevas, when no would spar Cuevas as he was known for breaking bones and knocking good fighters out in sparring. After the spar Cuevas called Ayala incredible. Now thats a specail fighter in my mind.