|05-25-2012, 02:37 AM||#21|
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Keep in mind we really only hear about the ones who could.
Not everyone could, but the ones that could are the ones that we remember. Not the other thousands.
I bet some modern fighters could pull it off. But things changed
|05-25-2012, 02:53 AM||#22|
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|05-25-2012, 03:05 AM||#23|
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You just wanna' sound like the wise old sage...
Boxing is and will continue to be healthy til long after we're pushin' up daisies...
Fuggin' drama queens...
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Take Mayweather for example, we already know he has bad hands and has had difficulty getting up to even 40 professional bouts. With an additional 100 professional fights to add to that record, he would have definitely lost a handful of pro fights due to his injuries (he almost did lose the first Castillo fight) and may have been forced to retire earlier. Especially if you consider that the old gloves were no pillows.
Fighting a hundred times is difficult, even if much of them are against "bums", after all even a "bum" can get lucky if you get injured. One of Mayweather's toughest fights was against a journeyman in Emmanuel Augustus. Overall the old timers did fight against more quality competition to add to the tune-up fights they had in between when you count the top 10 ranked fighters that they competed against. Even Pernell Whitaker with his 40 professional fights fought opponents who didn't belong in the ring with him, so record padding and tune-ups take place even in more recent times.
It's not something to be taken for granted and is worth all the respect that are given to the old timers. They only did it out of necessity as there was not enough money in it to fight 1-2 times a year. Obviously current fighters could potentially fight with the same schedule but not with ease. There would be far less unbeaten records and many more early retirements.
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