Many say he remains the finest pound for pound boxer to ever step into the ring. The arguing barbers in Coming to America may not think so, but consider the following: he defeated Jake Lamotta, Rocky Graziano and Carmen Basillio. He held the welterweight title from ’46 to ’51, had an 85-0 record as an amateur and won 128 of his first 131 fights as a pro (84 by knock-outs).
After a three year retirement he returned to win the middleweight title at the age of 34. He makes a strong case and a difficult one to argue against.
In any event, whether you think he’s the greatest or not, his life is going to get the biopic treatment, like Ali, La Motta and Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter before him. Producer Rachael Horovitz is teaming up with screenwriter Danny Strong to get an option on the book Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson. »
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