- Dec 12, 2015
Can't disagree with anything said here.I agree with you in that Linares is probably as good now as he's ever been. I don't think he was ever all that good though. Credit to him for remaining unbeaten for so long, but you only have to look at his recent level of opposition to know that it does flatter him somewhat. Luke Campbell? Anthony Crolla? These are European level fighters at best. You can go a little further back to another Brit, Kevin Mitchell. European level too, but he actually went and life in that one. I take no satisfaction in knocking down a professional fighter, Linares has had a good career and he's a very good fighter, but he was never going to be good enough to beat Lomachenko. He was never going to be good enough to beat a Mikey Garcia either. He has never come close to reaching these heights in a long, long career.
Back to the original question, Linares was obviously a more developed Professional when he sustained his early losses compared to Manny Pacquiao. It's what we could call a false equivalency.
Was a fan of Kevin back in the day.