Originally Posted by MagnaNasakki
I think Ray would beat him again.
Benitez is the more complete technician, but he was simply too slow and stationary to outpoint Ray Leonard. Ray worked AROUND Benitez and scored beautifully.
Technical chess-match as it was, Leonard still managed to make ample use of his superior strength as well.
Benitez was more defensively skilled, but Leonard had the speed to get off quicker and the strength and power to be happpy with the exchange of taking one in order to give one.
He also worked Benitez' body well from an early stage, which paid off in the last third of the fight.
I think things would have been pretty much the same at 154, with the difference perhaps that Benitez would have started off quicker and not been hampered by an accidental cut. Could have made it closer.