Originally Posted by MAG1965
He did beat Duran. That is like saying I am staggered you think Leonard could not beat Duran when he actually easily beat him in the rematch and rubber match. Easily. Leonard proved he could easily beat Duran so the only thing Duran fans have to defend against that is Duran beat Ray and let's make Ray prime, even though he was in the 2nd defense of his first title. And if Ray was prime, Duran did not have to beat Hearns or Benitez or Hagler when he fought them, since he beat Ray when he was prime. Fact is Ray,Benitez,Hearns all beat him easily for titles. And Hagler beat him rather easily. As for the Leonard rematch? Had it not been a close fight and Ray edged the rematch I could see argument. But he made him quit because in rounds 7 and 8 he started to land more to the body and was started to land to the head. As a matter of fact, I think the staggering thing are the excuses for Roberto in the rematch and in this fights with all the other greats are rather staggering.
we're not talking about Roberto on other nights nor are we talking about his losing efforts to Benitez or Hearns (both god shouts to beat him). we're talking about the fact he beat Leonard when both fought in their primes.
Everyone knows Duran wasn't 100% in the rematch, even Leonard himself knew this. It's his own stupid fault, he had 5 month to prepare, but none of this changes that we know with 100% certaitny that Leonard would not beat him that night because a prime version of him failed this task.