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Old 11-23-2012, 01:55 AM   #51
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Default Re: How highly do you rank Roberto Duran as a welterweight?

Originally Posted by anj View Post
The problem with Duran was that he used to beat himself up with the balooning in weight, so every match was his to lose really.

Nevertheless, at welter he beat HOF Palomino, Sugar Ray Leonard 1 which is a colossal win. This win did wonders to his greatness and confirmed that this beast who is beating many hall of famers and monstrous fighters at lightweight really can be devestating against the best of the best.

It was a short lived welterweight career that's the problem. He's a VERY great fighter at welter, but can we say he's an ATG when he's only really fought 2 fighters? We can't forget his *****ing out in SRL 2 either.
Palamino is in Hall of Fame? I did not know that. I don't think he beloings. Plus he did not make effort against Duran, he held and ran, and already knew he was going to retire after their bout, for his acting career (Yeah, that went great ) Palomino vs Duran was bad. Duran in first Leanard fight was good, and if he stayed in shape and kpt it up he may have earned greatness at welter.

If 140 poiund division was as big then as now, he would have ben great there, but he had few fights there then went to welter. He was great at 140.
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