We've never seen Smoker get a decent fight, and this is a good occasion to show what he has, and to prove that he got the strenght to be what Garp was to Roger
Smoker to me is one of the worst characters in One Piece. He's following a kid abroad the world just because he break his record in Loguetown. It's a childish one who despite has badass moments, he never reach what he wants, it's like a woman to Sanji, simply pitiful.
If Vergo loses with him, i'm really will be dissapointed.
It wasn't because his record was broken. Smoker has become determined to capture Luffy due to what happened in Loguetown when Buggy almost killed him. He was surprised that Luffy was willing to accept death and was laughing in a similar matter to Roger the day he was executed.
Smoker will at least fight Vergo, since characters in One Piece always get their grudge matches :) He will probably beat Vergo, since it's important that Smoker be useful somehow, and not be just a jerk who chases Luffy all the time.
The Strawhats will have plenty of people to fight, I think they're going to sail over to Doflamingo's island and beat up his whole crew. :hip
Here the two episodes where sum of events happen that pushed Smoker to set sail and to pursue Luffy through the Grand line: Episode 52 and Episode 53 :) Man this takes me back.IMO one of the most cool funniest moments in One piece :)
Anyway i think Smoker will(should) be the one who will defeat Vergo even though i doubt he would be able to do it alone.He will probably get help from Traffy.
But the battom line is,Smoker mission remain the same regardless of the outcome betwen him and Vergo and that mision is to capture Luffy and to be the witness of his death just like he witnessed Gold D. Roger's death.And in order for him to accomplish that Smoker,yes he needs to be strong but not necessarly among the strongest.If we compare him to Garp,i dont recall any statement about him being equal to Gold D. Roger.Edward Newgate was.Besides in the end Roger turned himself in and i suppose Luffy will do the same.And if Luffy does,i bet you it will be to Smoker that he will do.
But i do agree with you that Coby is the most suited to fight against Luffy since IMO he has a dream that is equivalent to Straw hat.I think also think that he would the one who will surprise us the most.
I think it's going to be Smoker for a simple reason : Vergo has to be killed. This was stated by Smoker and Tashigi. That's why Tashigi has been saying that bad Vergo is an impostor to her marines. They never planned the truth to be revealed, but to bury him with Punk Hazard's events.
So there has to be a death fight between Smoker and Vergo. I don't see Smoker killing Vergo after Luffy beat him - that would ruin Smoker's honor - as I don't see Luffy letting Smoker kill the opponent he's just beaten. For Smoker to kill Vergo, it has to be a real fight.
Anyway, I hope Luffy and Vergo have an interaction - short fight - like Sanji and Vergo did.
smoker's involvement with luffy is as u say it is.he cant understantd how some1 can accept death that easily.
about coby, i actually think he might even become a V.A. right about know(has haki and all though it is just kenboushaki). he is the first friend luffy ever made, so if anything they will fight a lot. but in the end he will end up helping luffy in the end is what i feel.
oooh, i forgeot about vergo, smoker will fight him. law cant help him since his heart is with vergo.(CC gave it back i think) sanji broke his leg though movement doesnt seem much problem, he might not give the fight 100%.so somehow smoker had to do something about him. can he win? probably not.
He was lucky against Crocodile because he discovered his natural weakness : water
And he was the perfect opponent against Enel because he's rubber
While against Smoker, what is his weakness besides Kairoseki and Haki ? None as far as we're concerned, so ofc Luffy would lose, because he couldn't even hit him to begin with
I believe it should be Luffy to get him down as he should show how strong he has gotten, otherwise how can he take down Doflamingo if he can't take down Vergo. Also I believe From the current ones among Luffy's crew, Law and Smoker the only ones to have a chance against Vergo are Luffy, Law and Smoker. The problem for Smoker is that he was even beaten by Law, while Vergo has Law's heart as well, so I believe it should be Luffy who takes Vergo down.
P.S. We don't know everything about Vergo. I believe the guy still has more to show as he was obviously not serious against Sanji and also I believe he might not be that bad and might get back to Marines after his and Doflamingo's defeat. I believe Doflamingo might have someone who Vergo cherishes under his custody...
humiliated maybe but death is so low a chance.