You guys think that their speed had anything to do with weight? Because they were both pretty light for heavyweights.
Ali's speed was more amazing because he was 210 pounds or so. Floyd Patterson was only 185 pounds. A crusier weight, really. It's really not fair to compare. Naturally Floyd would be a little faster. But Ali had exceptional speed for a big man.
Muhammad had the quicker jab. Floyd had the quicker hooks and straight right.
In the May 5, 1969 Sports Illustrated, Ali’s jab was measured with an omegascope. Ali’s jab, it was found, could smash a balsa board 16.5 inches away in 19/100 of a second. It actually covered the distance in 4/100 of a second, which is the blink of an eye. Jimmy Jacobs, who owned the world’s largest collection of fight films, said that on film tests with a synchronizer Ali’s jab was faster than that of Sugar Ray Robinson. Jacobs contended that Ali was not only the fastest heavyweight, but also the fastest fighter he ever saw on film.