Jozu and Marco wouldn’t have gotten damaged that easily if not for WB’s illness. Had there been no distraction, they would have still been at full health by the end of that war, and it most likely wouldn’t have gone as smoothly as it did for the WG. I’m not sure what you mean by “fighting on par” if being about to stand up to and Admiral and exchange attacks isn’t it. Do you mean to say Aokiji and Akainu can’t fight on par with each other because Aokiji lost to Akainu?
Do note that BlackBeard had showed no signs of even wanting to retreat before Shanks showed up. Up till then, he and his crew were doing battle against Sengoku and Garp. In fact it seemed as though he wanted to take them out to further boost his fame and position in the world. While WB’s DF was his main goal, he achieved that long before Shanks arrived, and had ample time to retreat if he wished to.
Errr, I think you’re confused here. The Pirates had escaped the embardment quite a while ago. Remember how Luffy was thrown over it by Jimbei’s water, to land in front of the 3 admirals, while the WB pirates excaped soon after with the aid of Oz Jr? there was nothing trapping them, especially since WB had taken out the tidal waves surrounding the sides.Also the Pirates were STILL trapped in the box Sengoku put them in, even if they were willing to fight (were as before Aces death they were in full retreat) they would had kept being blown apart by the cannons specially since they had that fissure caused by WB when he had them run.
My point exactly.Pre-timeskip Luffy would been killed by Caribou in a 1v1, Caribou would be weaker physically but he's a logia.. and for someone who can't use haki that pretty much seals the deal.
Swordsmen isn’t the be all and ends all of it. Mihawk’s sword techniques are the best of the best, no doubt, but doesn’t mean he can’t be parried and deflected. Much like how Kizaru is most likely the worlds fastest man. Didn’t mean swat against Rayleigh, or Marco for that matter. Is Rayleigh considered a swordsmen? Not really, I can see him fighting bar handed. Is Brooke considered a Swordsmen? I doubt it, I mean it’s not his only means of fighting (using music and such). Sanji has been shown to be skilled with knives, and most likely able to use Swords to a fairly high degree, no way his going to be considered a swordsmen. Using that swordsmen title to compare him to a Dark King is like comparing Apples to Oranges, doesn’t really work.There's a reason Rayleigh isn't considered the "worlds greatest swordsmen" ... its because at least in the OP world, while people consider him a legend, there's a consensus that Mihawk stands above all other swordsmen, given that he played with Vista and came out without a mark I think thats a good marker.. after all Vista was the strongest swordsmen in the WB pirates.
He deflected the Magma fragment that came flying towards his ship after Akainu melted that iceberg. He deflected Akainu’s magma hound technique and many others, thus Akainu complained about how he destroyed the island with every move he made. Squardo, he let his guard down. Fodder marines, his illness had him struggling to move. Half his face, well all he cared about was killing Akainu, which he failed but he did pawn him. Mihawks sword slash, he clearly saw it coming, and he wasn’t hampered down by anything. There’s no reason for him not to be able to deflected it.I agree that WB could had deflected the slash, but given that he allowed half his head blown off, stabbed by Squardo, plus took dozens of shots/slashes from fodder marines you can say he didn't deflect anything worth deflecting..
Akainu was not really ok. He was bleeding everywhere, including internally. But the guy’s the type to keep going even with broken ribs and such, much like Luffy.I agree with the first part, but even after he did go after Akainu the Admiral came out relatively ok, also I doubt at that time he could had used CoC Haki, it seems using that power takes a lot out of you, for example Rayleigh could only use it 1 time at the auction house, Luffy only used it once at Fishman Island.
As for CoC, I disagree with you. Rayleigh could use it more than once. If you read MS original translation, it said that he couldn’t use it again. But if you read the corrected one, it says something like “I won’t be using that power again. I can’t have the marines catching on to who I am.” Meaning he could use it, but he didn’t want to. Also don’t forget that he had already used it once to save Cami from that female Tenryubito. So he can use it consecutively. Luffy used CoC twice on Fishman Island, thrice if you count the time he stopped that bear sea beast. He just didn’t use it consecutively.
Luffy was at close range with his opponents, with WB, they were quite far. Not to mention most of the Marines there would have been of fairly decent rank, unlike the weak fodder around Luffy. That and he wanted to use his Tidal Wave to take them out, only to be stopped and attacked by Aokiji. By then, his men were on the battlefield as well, no point knocking out your allies.So given that WB was already so beat up/old/sick I doubt he could had used it, if he could then why not do it at the start, like how Luffy knocked out 50k Fishman, WB should had been able to knock out most marines (if he could use his CoC).