Anyone else feel this way about Sugar Ray Robinson?

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I think he was a bit picky at points in his career, but it's hard to call him a ducker when you look at his body of work.

A lot of people think he ducked some of the murderers row fighters, but that might be for economic rather than boxing reasons.

A fight between two black boxers might not have sold as well back then, as a fight with a white fighter involved.
 
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A lot of people think he ducked some of the murderers row fighters, but that might be for economic rather than boxing reasons.

A fight between two black boxers might not have sold as well back then, as a fight with a white fighter involved.
The "Robby ducked the Murderer's Row" is a revisionist myth. He actually beat quite a few respected black contenders from that time period, like George Costner, Jackie Wilson, Cecil Hudson, and Tommy Bell (all at least twice each), among others.

His critics like to single out a couple members that he didn't happen to fight and act like they were the only ones available.
 
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Hell no. My personal pick for GOAT in the fight game. Hell, he started off fighting as light as the low 130's and from what I can see, made just one venture into Light Heavy when he fought, and lost to Maxim and Joey was 173 while Ray was 157 1/2 for that fight and it still went 13 out of 15.

He had no business at Light Heavy even though he had the height, he didn't have the frame to carry that weight and be effective-----or he would have done it more than once.