Nice job JT - This should hopefully promulgate some clarity around the question of Hagler/Benitez and dispel any myth that this was a remotely viable bout. It's also worth noting that Hagler's March '82 date - that would eventually see 'Caveman' Lee put on the bill - was in the diary well before the outcome of the Benitez/Duran bout was known. It had been scheduled back in December '81 and centered on agreements made between Manny Steward and Arum - essentially viewed as a build-up to the Hearns bout. Also worth mentioning is that, while the Hearns bout was being made, signed and falling through, the WBA had been waging and continued to wage a particularly aggressive campaign for their mandatory challenger Fully Obel to get another shot at Hagler. Something else to note is that, within two weeks of the Hagler/Hearns cancellation being announced (in the June of '82), Steward declared his intention for Hearns to fight Benitez. Protracted Benitez/Hearns negotiations then ensued, with the bout finally being sealed in early September, to take place on the 3rd of December '82. So, there was at no time a "perfect opportunity" for Hagler to face Benitez.