PKBasu wrote:LP stuck to his partnership with Martina out of respect and sentiment, otherwise he would have had many more MxD titles.
That seems a rather fanciful claim. Contrary to your portrayal, Navratilova enjoyed success in WD and MxD even after after her partnership with Paes. Martina's last GS title did not come with Leander, but with Bob Bryan at Flushing Meadows in 2006.
The dispute this time was primarily about Men's Doubles. No matter how you cut it, Leander is much the better Men's Doubles player.
I'm not sure how one reaches the conclusion that Leander is "much" the better Men's Doubles player than Mahesh. If that's the case, why did Bhupathi have MORE Men's Doubles titles than Paes until this year? One would probably have to give Leander the nod by virtue of his 7 MD doubles to Mahesh's 4, but even in this respect the two would be neck-and-neck had Mark Knowles not choked in two grand slam finals. Personally, I view the two players as equal. Mahesh is the more well-rounded player and by far the better returner, whereas Leander is almost without peer at the net.