Originally Posted by Bokaj
I was phrasing it the way everyone was phrasing it at the time. Hindsight and Hagler worship has rephrased it in some places, but I'm not terribly impressed by that.
That you call Hagler "rusty" in this context is quite hilarious. Just wished more people here saw the joke.
Duran was nothing special as a MW. Not only Benitez and Hearns, but also Laing had previously handled him far easier at 154. If Hopkins had had similar problems with, say, the Whitaker that faced Tito we wouldn't hear the end of it. Or even the Whitaker that faced DLH. It would be taken as a water tight proof that only the extremely shitty state of the MW division made Hopkins able to dominate it.
Even much more so than is currently the case. But for Hagler it's put forth as one of his better wins.
Dont forget that duran actually won like 5-6 rounds against hagler, pretty sad. Hagler gets more credit for beating little guys than any other fighter in the history of the sport.