Originally Posted by them_apples
I don't like how this get's thrown around. The biggest difference is Duran looked like a shell of the brawl in montreal and SRL didn't fight back as much.
Leonard never truly got Durans number. Yeah Duran quit and had stomach cramps or whatever, I don't doubt that he wasn't in shape, but SRL didn't do **** either, he just clowned him from the outside - that doesn't win you points.
The other thing that bothers me: SRL fought everyone up untill Duran, he knocked a lot of guys out. He knocked Benitez out. He never changed his style cause he was angry. He always fought. Then he ran into someone that could out fight him.
Duran in the first fight was shredded from head to toe and nearly matching Leonard for speed, and dare I say..out skilling him.
There is not to many welterweights beating that version of Duran.
He did outskill him in the first fight. And no need to say "dare I say", Duran was as skilled as Leonard, if not more.
Of course Leonard doesn't have Duran's number, when they fought each other when both were at their best, Duran won.