9. AARON PRYOR vs ALEXIS ARGUELLO, (Round 1), ORANGE BOWL, MIAMI, FLORIDA, NOVEMBER 12, 1982
There was more action in the first half of the opening round of this mouth watering clash of all time greats than Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could produce in 36 historically overpriced minutes.
Pryor’s unique swarming style that seemed strangely consistent with his latter predilection for crack cocaine stood in sharp contrast to Arguello’s text book perfection as their fistic ideologies collided head on.
Chin seemingly hung out like a weathervane but constantly bobbing and wearing, ‘The Hawk’ tore into Arguello with lunging left hooks and looping right hands at a pace more congruous with the final 30 seconds of a 15 round cliffhanger.
Arguello’s signature left hook to the body seemed to slow his onslaught, fleetingly, but Pryor soon nailed the Nicaraguan idol with a slew of right hands that prompted Ray Leonard to opine, “Alex is hurt, seriously now.”
Regardless, it wasn’t in Arguello’s make up not to engage the WBA light welterweight champ in the trenches leaving both men “a little arm weary in the very first round’ in the further estimation of the Sugarman at ringside.