Originally Posted by MAG1965
I see your point. I just don't think Ray was that same fighter past that point. He learned. that is like if I made a thread saying. The outboxing in New Orleans - Who would defeat Leonard on that night?
Duran of Montreal would be ruled out because he lost to Ray that night?
The thing is this. Had Ray fought Duran in Nov. 1980 like he did in June the same outcome probably- a loss. And had Ray fought Duran in Dec. of 1989 in the third fight on the inside, Duran would have won and people said "look how great Duran is beating Ray when he was 38. But Ray changed his style. That has always been my point. Duran could be out of shape or not. Ray will win. He proved with Hearns,Duran,Benitez, Hagler he could beat anyone at any level, and Duran never did. Even coming off a 3 year inactivity Ray beat Hagler. Even with a good excuse he beat great fighters.
Well obviously Leonard ain't an option because he's the one man Duran actually beat this night.
Plenty of other boxers for you to consider however.