Benitez would really be in the fight had he fought Hagler when he wanted to after Duran. Benitez fought Hearns at his peak and made a fantastic fight of it. I have never seen a fighter ( Benitez) make a man like Hearns miss so much. Benitez was a better boxer than Hagler, and a better counterpuncher. Considering ( how the much lighter) Duran was winning against Hagler after 12, I can see Wilfred managing a majority decision against him in 15. Against Leonard, (a fight he did not train for) he was stopped with 6 seconds to go in the 15th round. Leonard was a better boxer than Hagler - and Benitez was near his equal with a better defense to boot. Against Hearns - He made it till the end and lost a competitive decision. Hearn's had so many advantages it is hard to explain, but again could not hit him clean much. Against Duran - ( yes, Duran was out of shape) He dominated the smaller man on the inside, just being to strong for Duran who was BEATING Hagler through 12 rounds. The Benitez Hagler would have fought was the one between Duran and Hearns. Incredible defense and counter punching, with a good chin and with enough attitude and boxing ability to keep Hagler from going all out early. Much like Duran , I see Hagler losing after 12 rounds, and Benitez hanging on for the win over 15. Hagler would be able to win a rematch for sure, but at that stage Benitez was just good enough to spoil Haglers run. If Duran could push Hagler as the older lighter fighter, Benitez at his best could beat him.