Originally Posted by 1_man_army
People really felt Duran has slipped enough by then that they wanted to feed him to a young up and comer who would have a legend on his resume. Clearly they didn't realise Duran had enough left to school Moore, it's a bit like how Top Rank (also the promoter for Duran-Moore I think) felt that B-Hop had slipped enough to be fed to Pavlik. In retrospect, it looks like bonkers match making but at the time, they made sense (I'll concede Pavlik was a lot more experienced but the overall point remains, hindsight is bliss).
I agree. Duran fought another 19 years. Hopkins was 43 when he fought Pavlik, Duran was 32 on the day he fought Moore. Duran didn't look so good against Benitez, but that is because Benitez was great at 154 and he was still young. If Duran had the right style in front of him he would look great. Look at the Barkley fight. I agree hindsight is bliss.