You're right it was Freddie Norwood.
And I did compare JMM to Norton, cause NORTON only real claim to FAME is beating ALI and according to NORTON,
ALI admitted to him that he (Norton) did beat him that third time. Without ALI, Norton would have been forgotten.
JMM's Fourth title is a little suspect as Manny's Title is with MAB in 2003.
Yes he was good at 126 and his RESUME would have looked better with Hamed and Morales on it during that time.
The fact is, that the quanity of quality opponents on JMM's Resume is not that impressive, except for the PAC fights.
Just like FLOYD, Awesome at 126 and 130 but his Resume above 130 is not impressive.
Not that his talent wasn't great. But his quanity of quality opponents above 130 prevents him from being the GOAT.
UNLIKE ALI, who took on EVERYONE and BEAT EVERYONE at one time during that GOLDEN ERA of Heavyweights...
But then again, that is what is WRONG with BOXING today, Not Everyone has to face EVERYONE, not even in
your own Weight class due to FOUR different BELTS in a SIngle Weight Class.
That's just my two centavos
HUNA, Norton did not win ONE TITLE fight. He won an eliminator against Bobbick iirc but the man did not win belts. He was handed a We Be Corrupt belt b/c Spinks chose to rematch with Ali than fight him.
JMM has 4 division belts. Something even JCC couldn't do.
JMM did knock out Diaz and Casamayor on his third division. Still a great achievement.
Hamed was a punk. His management wanted fight options on Espinoza and JMM if they wanted a shot at him. Hamed feasted on bloated ex-champs until HBO finally told him to fight a Mexican champ. MAB signed a rematch clause in order to get a shot at him. Hamhead did not exercise his rematch clause b/c he was a punk.
Morales's father claimed they offered Nacho a huge fight deal. But, Nacho said they never saw that and that Arum wanted no part of EM-JMM.