I am wasting this snowy day catching up on my One Piece anime. I am finishing up the Water 7 saga and Ace has just challenged Blackbeard. Well Burgess and Blackbeard's sharp shooter got involved in the fight, where Blackbeard tells them both stay out of the fight, neither one of you are capable of defeating that man. I am wondering does that mean that post time skip Luffy is now just as strong as Ace was before he died or has he surpassed Ace in power. I ask because Luffy was suppose to fight Burgess eventually in the tournament. Does that mean that Luffy would of had trouble fighting Burgess or wiped the floor with him?