Re: when was gatti's prime?
Hard to say isnt it.
Just because he had best results and most noted performances in 2003-2006 doesnt mean he was necessarily in his prime.
He looked pretty badass in the 96-97 period where he beat Rodriguez, Patterson, Rueles and Grove. Physically he probably was at his prime there.
When he came back against Millet, he looked reinvented and certainly looked like he had made some changes to his style. In that period from 2002-2005, he had the trilogy against Ward, I thought he won the 2 & 3 pretty convincingly. He beat decent challengers Branco and Dorin to win another title. Therehe matured to the point where he had enough skill and still enough talent to be a world champ, maybe thats another time where you could say his prime was. It certainly was the most profitable time of his career and the time he will be remembered for.