QUOTE (kidbazooka1 @ Oct 21 2009, 11:36 PM)
I meant after the Tito loss. He was not the same fighter some fighters come back stronger Vargas in my opinion once he was beaten his mentality changed he no longer had the same confidence he did before the loss.
I definitely agree Vargas wasn't the same fighter after Trinidad, but I'd disagree that his confidence changed at any significant level. He fought WARS, even after the Trinidad fight. Facing guys like De La Hoya, Mosely (2x) and Mayorga certainly don't indicate a fighter low on confidence.
Vargas's post-Trinidad career:
Against Wilfredo Rivera Vargas went down in the 2nd, and overcame it to win by TKO in the 6th.
Vargas is stunned several times by Jose Alfredo Flores, before pulling out a 7th round KO.
Vargas beats De La Hoya up in Rd 1, is up on the cards after 6 Rds (imo), before finally getting stopped in the 11th.
Vargas goes on a 4 fight win streak, against opponents with a combined recorcd of 151-23. (2 of those fights are at 160lbs, which were above his natural fighting weight.)
Vargas is going life or death with Shane Mosely, before a doctor stoppage occurs as a result of grotesque swelling around the eye.
Vargas looks strong against Mayorga, despite getting knocked down in the 1st and the 11th, which would ultimately cost him the victory.
To withstand as much as Vargas did in those fights, doesn't indicate a fighter low on confidence to me. To the contrary, it indicates a fighter with massive heart, a heart that allowed him to stay in fights he had no business being in in the first place.
I stand by my statement. Vargas had all the tools to be an elite fighter, imo. The only thing he was lacking was a chin, courtesy of Felix Trinidad's loaded gloves.