Re: duran v leonard greatness comparison.
Leonard was brought on superbly.His early career is the blueprint imo on how to bring on a fighter with good backing.
All styles, steadily up the difficulty-a few curveballs like Geraldo etc-then a world title shot after about 4 years.
Make no mistake about it, he was ready for Duran and already a great fighter.Might have improved another slight bit from stuff learned in defeat, but that's it.
Fools like Cosell and his ilk thoroughly exaggerated the "bah gawd he's fighting flat footed!!!" shite and the simpletons ran with it, not noticing he'd been fighting relatively similarly in good chunks of his fights up until then.
Planting his feet and being aggressive offensively was a big part of Leonard's game and going into the Duran fight as the bigger man he had every right to feel doing that very early in the fight was a good idea to take the play away from the smaller man.