Originally Posted by Hands of Iron
Duran looked like shit once he started fighting at 154. Just did not wear it well at all. It's not an excuse, it's a fact. Watch DeJesus III (@135), Palomino, Leonard I. Totally different fighter. He was operating several levels higher and still had his physical attributes.
Like I have said many times. At a weight (154) Duran fans say he was too small for or washed up, he fought there in 1978 before Leonard,Hearns and Benitez did and Hearns and Benitez beat him easily there. This is why I comment on Duran. I think he is great, but I think he gets overrated because of excuses to explain losses where he could not deal with speed. Leonard (the only elite great he ever beat-yet then lost in the two rematches easily) showed that the blueprint to beat Duran was speed same as the blueprint to beat Hearns was pressure. That is being objective, since I love Tommy, but that was the blueprint Hagler showed to beat Hearns.