Re: A couple questions about Duran
The second Leonard fight, help clarify Duran's career development.
Like some other greats, his greatness was mainly due to redemption.
My point; Ali in stage one of his career was unbeatable, he was brilliant. But stage two saw him comeback from a lay off and suffer defeats... But stage three was redemption when Ali showed despite being a mere shadow (in natrual abilty terms) of himself, he found a way to win the Heavyweight Championship from a precieved monster, and then hoild on to it for another four years in a very strong era.
Robinson was similar; great pre 1952; not so good post 1955, but still good enough to win the Middleweight Championship four more times.
Duran was the same; awesome from 72 though to LeonardI; then came the rematch and losses to Laing and Benitez, but redemption though Cuevas, Moore and Hagler; and then nearly six years later again he comes out of the wilderness to give us one final magic moment when he shows glimpses of prime Duran to edge out Barkley and finally redeem himself from the horrors of November 25th 1980.