What makes a boxer great are is activities out of the ring. When I was younger I did not have much respect for Muhammad Ali. Then years later I discovered who he really was. He was a very generous man and gave of himself often.
Boxers in development could make much of them selves by walking in his shoes.
Is a boxer well versed in jiu jitsu or just boxing? Which is more limited, a boxer or an mma fighter? Most boxers that enter mma do believe their boxing will carry over and get knocked out or submitted very early because they believe their boxing is superior, hence they feel they don't need a ground game. Do you got it yet?
You're either still missing the point, ignoring the point, or trying to start a different conversation altogether.
The question was what makes a boxer great, and you said an MMA contract. That is clearly inaccurate since few if any top MMAers have good, let alone great, boxing skills. You may prefer MMA to boxing, you may find it more interesting, but that does not change the fact that your comment was inaccurate. If anything, the opposite of your claim is correct. A skilled boxer, judoka, wrestler, etc. can be trained to become a successful MMAer but so far the opposite has not proven true. It doesn't matter that you personally prefer apples to oranges.
I'll get in on this only once. Marinealways, you are saying that because MMA is coming into it's own, boxing will disappear. That's like saying that baseball and basketball will disappear because football is dominating the "ball" sports. Boxing is it's own discipline. I have competed in both and I can tell you that taking the MMA fighter's kicks and choke holds away so that it has to be a stand up battle, it becomes a much more challenging sport especially if you're not used to the rules. There's a place for both. And they are all sportsmen with heart. A contract doesnt make a great fighter, just a rich one. Although I train as a martial artist I have occasionally been bored to death by some of the MMA matches that just look like pathetic, albeit bloody, high school wrestling matches. (Two guys rolling around on the ground half naked with an occassional punch thrown here and there.) Again dont get me wrong, as a martial artist, I am stoked that MMA is making such a breakthrough! It's about time. And finally your humorous point wasnt really answering the kids question it was just being combative. He asked about boxing, not MMA. But I did get the joke...ha ha.
You didn't have to get so upset. lol I agree that both demand respect. If you have done MMA, you know there is an art to survive while rolling around on the ground. High school wrestlers don't get punched in the face and elbows. Legally anyways. Do you wish to argue that boxing matches aren't more boring than some mma matches? How many fights on boxing card compared to the number of fights on an mma card? Pay money for 2 or three fights or pay the same for 10 fights.
My answer is: Heart, courage, strength, speed, and skill. If you've never read the book "Rope Burns-Stories from the corner" By F.X. Toole you should pick it up. It will give you some perspective. Why the question Ironking? Are you competing?
His achievement. Look at Chad Dawson, he has great style, great work ethic, kind individual, family man, and the list goes on and on.... but is he famous? No not really. Is he a good solid boxer? Yes, with out a doubt. Many boxers can have fame, (ie Mike Tyson,Mayweather) but it is what they are made up of that makes them truly famous and great (Dawson,PacMan).
A combination of skill, speed, power, heart and the mental steel to turn around a bad situation. As well as a combination of other things, mainly their achievements and who they faced, no point in being undefeated if you fought no body (Samson Dutch Boy Gym) and no point fighting the best if you get outclassed every time (Julius Francis).