Re: Can Oscar de La Hoya beat Duran at at 147. In there primes?
Duran is a bit too complete. He moves better than De La Hoya, he's a savage, and he's got two very, very good hands.
Oscar is more upright, he's utterly dependent on his jab and his big left hook. It's his whole offense. He was a stud as a technician, but only when in control; He got worse the more things devolved(When Mosley made it ugly, Oscar looked like a club fighter swinging from the hips), and he had ZERO right until late in his career.
Duran would make it ugly, he'd make it less then clean, and Oscar would need more than his jab, hook, and speed to right the ship; He'd need a big right hand, too, and he'd need to counter to keep Duran honest.
I seriously doubt Duran wins the first two rounds. Oscar might even take the first three or four, off the speed, the skills, and the jab. But Duran was a master at making a fight exactly what he wanted and Oscar lacked the well rounded toolset and, most importantly, the great composure, to do anything about it.