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Old 01-11-2012, 08:52 PM #11
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as talented?

no. jones had every bit of whitaker's speed and reflexes coupled with serious physical strength and knockout power.

as skilled?
yes. pernell whitaker is much more skilled than roy jones in my opinion. roy relied almost exclusively on his ability to beat a man to the punch.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:01 PM #12
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No brainer. Whitaker was more well rounded than Jones. Outside of footwork... James Toney was more well rounded than Jones.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:03 PM #13
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:14 PM #14
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Sweat Pea was by far the more technically skilled/gifted fighter, but RJJ was by far the more athletically gifted
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:15 PM #15
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in your opinion

1. who was a more skilled fighter/talanted... whitaker or Roy Jones

2. who has a better legacy/accomplishments?
Whitaker was more skilled and talented, hands down, without a question in my mind. While Roy, was more gifted athletically and as a result his speed and reflexes were matchless. And for most of his fights that was enough to easily outshine his opponents, but when that quickness and the timing that came with it slowed, he didn't have enough skill as a boxer to keep from getting flattened. Whereas Whitaker was quick, sure, but he was also polished into a magnificent defensive fighter that didn't rely completely on his quickness like Jones did.

As to legacy I always feel a bit uncomfortable comparing them in fighters, yeah one may be clearly better than another but both gave so much to the sport and both were great champions....
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:20 PM #16
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so many people try to say that roy wasn't skilled, he was just an athlete and that is just so wrong. he did a lot of unorthodox things but he was also supremely skilled. he threw amazing combinations. he was very good fighting off the ropes. great footwork. etc.

i would say whitaker was maybe more skilled but he needed to be. he didn't have the speed or power that roy had. but whitaker also did a lot of unorthodox things that he was able to get away with. he dropped his hands and clowned just as much as roy did.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:39 PM #17
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Whitaker was more skilled, Jones was gifted WIth his speed and TALENT.

Whitaker fought the better opponents

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Old 01-11-2012, 09:54 PM #18
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Roy Jones has a better resume
Roy Jones is more talented
Roy Jones is more skilled
Roy Jones has the better overall legacy
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:57 PM #19
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so many people try to say that roy wasn't skilled, he was just an athlete and that is just so wrong. he did a lot of unorthodox things but he was also supremely skilled. he threw amazing combinations. he was very good fighting off the ropes. great footwork. etc.

i would say whitaker was maybe more skilled but he needed to be. he didn't have the speed or power that roy had. but whitaker also did a lot of unorthodox things that he was able to get away with. he dropped his hands and clowned just as much as roy did.
yea man i complete agree. roy was athletically gifted yes, but the guy was boxing since he was 9 years old. thats pretty disrespectful to say that all he had was the physical gifts, roy trained his ass off for years and people act like **** was given to him.

personally though i would say whitaker is more skilled, but roy is more accomplished.
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i think prime for prime, if they were the same weight and they fought, do you think jones could really get pass pernell's defence?
Whitaker was more skilled, both were showmen in the ring. Roy struggled/struggles late in his career because he relied on natural talent.
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