Originally Posted by sweet_scientist
There were guys like Kenny Lane, Ismael Laguna and Nicolino Locche amongst other contenders (like Elorde, Ramos, Bizarro) that Napoles could have hung around and fought if he really wanted to challenge Ortiz for the title.
Don't pretend that he somehow cleaned out the division of all other fighters bar Ortiz, making Carlos blatantly duck him. That's a fabrication.
I think it would have been great had he did stay at junior welter for a while and did fight these guys. I think he would have beaten them all. Ortiz by a close decision, Locche by an equally close nod, Kenny lane by stoppage and he would have been too much for laguna as well with his superior firepower and skill...he would have beaten Laguna on points decisively.