Originally Posted by Seamus
OK, this is supposed to funny, right?
"beaten Duran easily like e did the other two times..." You mean the time when the SRL team was smart enough to sign Duran to a rematch 5 months later because they rightly knew Duran would not train and would be partying the whole time. And all credit to them for this wise tactic. But really, the cards were very close at No Mas. Had a Duran as prepared as the Montreal version showed up in New Orleans it would have been another very close fight. Or do you mean the 38 year old Duran who was a lot more miss than hit and seemingly showed up for a paycheck. Is that version of Duran a pelt on which to hang your cap?
Again, all credit to Leonard for New Orleans. But nothing about it was easy. He had the correct tactic of a quick rematch and still it was close.
Does anyone even remember that Duran was the World Lightweight Champion for SIX YEARS and that was his peak?
Funny? I mean it seriously . Ray beat Duran easily the two last times they fought, and Ray stated he fought Duran's fight the first time. The first and second fights are interesting to compare if you look at Ray's footwork in the two fights. Didn't matter quick rematch. If Ray did it for that reason, it just helped out beating Duran, but that Ray would have always beaten Duran. Maybe even stopped Duran had Duran been countered. Look at round 7 and 8 of the rematch. Ray is starting to hit Duran to the head and body. When Duran turns around and waves off the fight, Ray is hitting him to the body. Ray is not moving away and taunting Duran. Duran had Ray in front of him then, he just was not fast enough to hit him when Ray was moving in and out and using his speed. The outclassing is evident. That is what was clear in the second and third fights. And yes the third fight is significant because even a diminished Ray could outbox Duran easilly. So that solidified that Duran had the right style for Ray always.