I have come accross recently, multiple posts pertaining to Wilfred Benitez's training that he put in for certain fights and how the brevity should be used as an exscuse for his performances.
The truth of the matter is that the Dragon was consistant in the short amount of time he actually worked out for a fight. His natural talent allowed for him to get away with this and the fact that he stayed in decent shape between bouts.
Here is a run down on te number of days that he worked out for prior to certain key bouts (Source Ring Magazine August 1981):
Harold Weston I-12 days
Bruce Curry I-7days
Curry II-10 days
Weston II-1 day
Sugar Ray Leonard-10 days according to Wilfred. According to his father Gregorio, it was 9 days.
Mo Hope-11 days.
Should Benitez have trained more earnestly and showed more dedication? Absolutely. But of the above listed matches, Benitez only lost one of them (though the first Curry bout was a wretched performance by Wilfred.).
I would never argue that Benitez would not have been better off if he HAD been more deditated. But he was very successful with how he was doing things. To imply or suggest that Benitez ONLY lost to SRL or Tommy Hearns (Apparently it was anywhere form 11 to 15 days) whihc was because he didn't train for the bout, doesn't really tell the entire story as he trained for Leonard (and Hearns) like he trained for everyone else.
He was what he was and he did what he did. And it really didn't change from fight to fight. "What if"-ing him and his preparation methods, doesn't really get to the bottom of anything.