Originally Posted by lora
At the same rough time frame in his career, he was getting horribly sodomised by Terry Norris.
It's all relative, Lora.
Ray Leonard was a shot item by the time he fought Terry Norris. We can say that for absolute certain given the performance itself and the fact his only fight after that was an even more embarrassing display and beating against the former Super Featherweight champion Hector Camacho.
Duran was still a world class fighter in 1982, and we can say that given the performances he would later go on to show against the likes of Moore, Hagler, and Barkley. So the reason for him being outboxed and well beaten by Benitez had nothing to do with it simply not being there any more physically, he just didn't have the ability to change strategy. That should be held against him, in my opinion.