Originally Posted by Bill1234
That's probably why he wanted the rematch so badly. He felt he did enough (which wasn't much, especially by Hagler standards) to win the first time, and I agree with him. In a rematch Hagler would've been all over Leonard and done what he should've done the first time.
I think Ray knew it too and knew that he got off very, very easy in their one and only encounter and did not do a rematch because of it.
To be fair, Ray was rusty, and not back in the groove.
It's all conjecture. I'm reasonably confident in a rematch, Ray would have been better, too.
Again, SRL had every disadvantage. His situation would only improve in an immediate sort of rematch situation.