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Is a Fighter Only as Good as his Last Fight

Boxing have to be the most fickle sports fans of all. Is there a good reason for it? Sometimes we think we have discovered a fighter who is the 2nd coming of Joe Louis. We get excited. We jump on their ban wagon and even want to ride up front. Some fans volunteer to drive the bus and argue with anyone who has a contrary opinion. Then disappointment! A poor performance or worse! A destruction! That's when many declare our hero a bum or a guy who "nebah fort nobardie" Boxing isn't like other sports. Once a fighter shows vulnerability many look for next big thing. A first place baseball team can lose 5 in a row and still be in first place and be loved forever . . .even if they drop to last . I don't necessarily think a loss or even a ko means a fighter is shot. Kelly Pavlik of course went down hill fast but that as we know is a more complicated story. Also it's true some boxers do get exposed or destroyed if they are moved too fast i.e. Fernando Vargas. Miguel Cotto is an interesting example. He was a star who proved himself repeatedly but then after Margacheato pummeled him with what was probably hard plaster in his gloves in July of 2008 he had to take some easier fights. That's normal in this business. In November of 2009 though Pac beat him up bad as he lost on a tko and many at that time declared he was shot. I remember asking on espn in early 2010 if Cotto had lost 15% from his prime and the answer came back emphatically 35% minimum from several geniuses. In 2012 though, a full 3 years later Cotto came back and gave Floyd Mayweather a good battle maybe even as good as he ever would have done v Floyd. So then Cotto was back! Next fight he loses to Trout and at 31 he was finished for sure. Now after destroying Delvin in impressive fashion he's back again. Are boxing fans fickle? Do they change their minds frequently? Archie Moore one of the all time greats was knocked down 5 times and stopped in the 8th by a guy named Ed Becker in Jan. of 1944.In Aug. of '45 he was knocked down 6 times by Jimmy Bivins and stopped in 6. Ezzard Charles ko'd Archie in 8 and then some guy who was 11-2 put him away in the 1st round in what was supposed to be an easy fight. Surely Moore was done by then. Right? Yet 6 years later he beat Joey Maxim for the lhw title at the age of 38 and went on to be considered an alltime great. . . .In those days 38 was ancient too. I'm sure Moore had over 120 fights by then. So my question who is shot now? Mares? Pac? Alvarado? Khan? Dawson?

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