Originally Posted by LittleRed
Willie Pep lost more than he won against Saddler and is considered better. Ditto Greb and Tunney. Hell Hearns couldn't do anything with Barkeley but clearly the Hit man is the greater fighter. I assume you rate Bowe above Holyfield since he won 2 of the three fights.
And the difference between the brawl in Montreal and the Leonard-Hearns fight is that Ray adjusted during the fight. He beat Hearns the first go around by ad******g mid fight, something he did not, perhaps could not do vs Duran.
Leonard added to his legend by proving it was not a fluke by beating Hearns,Hagler and Benitez. Duran lost to Hearns, Benitez,Hagler. That is why Barkley is not seen as great because he could not beat Duran like Hearns did and was stopped in one by Benn and lost to Nunn and Kalambay. Ray did not fluke punch Duran, he beat him easily the next two fights. The 1989 fight is significant because he beat Duran's style again. My comments were all over the place in this one. But I think you get my point..