Johnyboy - as Joe Friday would say “Just the facts …”. Ultimately boxing is a results business. Comparing the attributes of boxers is subjective – results impossible to predict. You can only look at records. When you compare the results for Mercer and McCall, McCall comes out well on top. There’s simply no comparison. The same goes comparing McCall to Tua or Morrison. They might have peaked higher than McCall and beaten him on their best night (though I’m not convinced) but when you look at their careers McCall wins hands down.
McCalls (52-9-0) - WBC Champ
Sinan Samil Sam
Mercers (36-7-1) – WBO Champ
Mercer’s marquee wins were against Morrison and Damiani – and both were come from behind stoppages (Morrison was absolutely hammering him and he was well behind on points against the fat Italian until he broke his nose).
Morrison has nobody on his record comparable to Lewis or Holmes. Also I would have backed McCall against any of Mercer’s big wins but you demonstrably can’t say that the other way around. Witherspoon might have done it but I would have put my house on McCall starching Morrison and Cooper (granite chin vs no chin). Could you even say with any confidence that Mercer would have beaten Akinwande or Sam?
With common opponents McCall KO’d Lewis in two / Mercer was outpointed over ten. McCall outpointed Holmes / Mercer was outpointed by Holmes. McCall outpointed Ferguson / Mercer lost and won a split decision. McCall outpointed Damiani / Mercer won via TKO (but again – a fight he was losing handily).
As for a head to head you know that A). McCall is not going to get stopped B). He’s going to come into the fight in top shape C). He’ll fight the full 12 rounds. Not things you could say about Mercer. A peak Mercer at the top of his game would be a very tough contest ….. but what are the odds he would turn up? A fighters attitude, dedication and work ethic is all part of it. McCall was more consistent; beat better fighters; won a more prestigious title against a better caliber of opponent; and had a longer career (he’s still competing against good guys even now!).