What if Crocodile killed Luffy right out in the 3rd match instead of laughing at him:
But the fact is, he lost, yes, he lost because Luffy is the main character. But even if he loses, he does it with style. He lost in a way that is way more bad-ass than anyone else who was defeated by Luffy:
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He never bows his head to anyone, unlike Lucci or Blackbeard. He never puts himself under anyone. He held himself high in the prison, enjoy himsel in Hell, and with him, the baptize is no different from:
Unlike Mihawk who think that he is weaker than WB (he just doen't know how much), Croc believes he can defeat WB.