If Haney at his peak could pose down with McMillan today, it would be readily apparent how stupendous Haney’s torso was. Haney’s chest and back of three decades ago could still win him comparisons in this year’s Olympia. His front lat spread and front double biceps were dominating poses then because of his chest depth, lat width, and waspish hips. And they’d still be dominating poses against top pros today. Those also happen to be McMillan’s best poses. His back just isn’t quite as broad as Haney’s, and his hips aren’t quite as slim.
Lower body-size standards have changed dramatically over the 23 years since Haney last posed. His quads had pleasing shapes and enough size to fend of top challengers. But, on average, today’s best bodybuilders carry a lot more mass in their lower bodies than yesterday’s. This is especially true of hamstrings. McMillan would have a definite lower-body edge.
And he would have a similar size advantage with arms. Still, what Haney lacked in gun dimensions, he made up for with biceps and triceps symmetry, shape, and separation. He might lose the side shots to McMillan because of his undersize arms, but the lines in those same limbs highlight the legend’s key advantage over his fellow Southerner. During his pro career, “Totalee Awesome” was never off. He always delivered the cuts (by the standards of his era), and until Big Mac proves he can do likewise, it’s hard to envision a scenario in which he beats an eight-time Mr. Olympia. - FLEX