In Boxing’s Greatest Fighters, not only does the former publisher of Ring Magazine let us know who the most productive fighters were, he lists them in order.
Could Sugar Ray Robinson have beaten Muhammad Ali? Could Sugar Ray Leonard have beaten Sonny Liston? The answer, most experts agree, would be “no.” But what if, as Bert Sugar has done here, one were to take the entire boxers and reduce them in the mind’s eye to the similar height, the similar weight, and the similar ring conditions? The answers would be moderately different.
And whilst some fans may express outrage that Rocky Marciano barely makes the top twenty, and Marvin Hagler staggers into the top seventy-five, others will nod eagerly when they read that Harry Greb and Benny Leonard were better than with regards to anybody.
So whether you read Boxing’s Greatest Fighters cover to cover, pick your
favorites at random, or simply browse through the many rare photographs, “at
the bell, come out arguing.”