Originally Posted by KidDynamite
Leonard had this thing so structured that it was impossible for him to lose.
Literally the perfect plan.
Leonard is the ultimate conman and strategist. Floyd is the only one today who comes close to matching his wits but comes off as a douche.
It's all part of the game. Sometimes, the smarter fighter wins. I just don't view "I fought dumber and signed a contract that wasn't advantageous to me" as a valid excuse. Frankly, it would hurt my pride as a fighter if I heard folks making that excuse for me.
Hagler wanted the fight, he took it, he signed on the dotted line, he fought it, he came up short. He OWNS that L. And it clearly hurts him and his fans a bit, which is, ultimately, another aspect of the game. I have a loss or three that still stick in my craw. I'd just never say I was "conned" out of it. Rubs me wrong.
I prefer to heap credit on the winner of an important fight than make excuses for the loser; Particularly an ATG who doesn't need those excuses made for him.