Do you think its important in your growth as a Boxer to be able to fight as long range fighter and as a fighter in the pocket? And to be able to utilize all styles in one way or another? Now im not saying techniques like Ali pulling his head back to avoid punches or his lead rights, or Naseems rising upperjab. I dont mean necessarily in techniques that require heightened physical attributes. I mean being able to change up your style to effectively dismantle your opponents. Like say a short fighter whos known for his mauling on the inside, all of a sudden being able to dance like Ali around his opponent popping off jabs in his face. Is it important for and as a fighter to become effective in a game thats not his? That doesnt necessarily play into his build? The reason i ask is because, lately i've been finding that through sparring, I've usually been fighting the wrong game. I'm short..well lots shorter than most people i box, and i've been trying to box on the outside. I dont try to, I think its because subconciously i WANT to be able to fight outside, and win with jabs and be able to win at that game. So ive been boxing like that in the ring. Even when i should be fighting small. The Rocky Marciano defense thread got me thinking..I dont want to be known or attributed to just being a one faceted fighter who only knows how brawl on the inside. Even in the beginning of the video, it said "The old saying goes, If you miss Marciano with a jab, he'd stick his face out to apologize" Even though, yeah i know, its complete and utter bs and untrue, but sadly its what most people think of him as. A slugger that lacked defense and a jab. So that got me wondering. Is it really THAT important to learn all the styles of boxing? Or do most boxers just get by on just their game alone? Did Marciano go undefeated just by playing HIS game and his game only, and making everyone adhere to his rules? I guess its the old fighters dilemma, That tall asses wish they could maul on the inside like Tyson, and short fighters wish they could dance and pick apart opponents from outside like Hearns or Ali.