Originally Posted by The Gambler1981
Floyd did not start at 147 unlike Leonard (Ray Leonard was a big welter at that). Asking someone that started at 130 to go up to fight the top dog at 160 is ludacris~. 147 for Floyd is like 160 for Leonard, although there were no Haglers at 147 (a bunch of good fighter, but no Haglers).
Seriously you think the way that Leonard fought Hagler would garner a ton of respect around here? People back then thought that Ray Leonard did not really fight Hagler, this thought process to me is crazy but it fits the way people think around here for the most part~.
I'd say that Leonard would get plenty respect. Even those who thought Hagler won would say that it was close. Nobody really expected Leonard to last the distance let alone make it a fight for more than a couple rounds. Of course on NSB praise will never be unanimous but I believe most posters would recognize his performance as at least very good.