Itachi IS Stronger then Jiraiya
Lets go back to when Itachi and Kisame was confronted by Jiraiya, Naruto and Sasuke.
Okay, Thinking Bad, we all know Itachi ''fled'' the scene along with Jiraiya.
Now Itachi as well all know was an undercover agent if you like,
he was playing the role as the villain to the eyes of Konoha, ( In this case, Jiraiya Naruto and of course Sasuke )
Now. The reason why Itachi didnt fight Jiraiya ( Never mind what he told Kisame )
Was because if they fought, Jiraiya would DIE.
I mean Itachi was with Kisame, who just sliced up Naruto's 9 tails chakra in one swipe.
Sasuke was on the floor with drool coming out his mouth.
If Itachi fought and killed Jiraiya, he would really cause a LOT of pain by killing an innocent person( under the illusion that Itachi was a bad guy )
So what im saying is, there is no chance in hell Jiraiya wouldnt have done everything he could to kill Itachi or Kisame.
Itachi Knew this. And no doubt, LIED to Kisame to stop kisame's ego taking a battering , ( in the way that Kisame would feel insulted had Itachi said that kisame wouldnt be able to kill him ) So he Lied to Kisame saying that HE was the reason they fled.
This goes down to the simple principle of Itachi being ' the bigger man ' and walking away.
I mean, think about it, This is itachi we'r talking about.. He could have probably killed Kakashi, Gai, and Kurenai IN A HEARTBEAT if he wanted to.
Itachi did what he did because he didnt want there to be any more bloodshed in his name...
Itachi knows that He would havebeen forced to Kill him if they fought full on ( Because Jiraiya would have gone all out )
You guys need to know. Im not a fan Boy.. For the record i beleve Jiraiya is stupidly powerful but he is no Itachi.
You guys will all say bla bla this.. bla bla that. Im not even going into that right now.
All im saying is most people here are extreamly Naaive.
In the sense that because Itachi ran away from Jiraiya it means Jiraiya is stronger.
Bullshit im afraid. I have more or less told you exactly why Itachi did what he did and what he avoided ( More bloodshed and death in his name )
It may have even been the point that Itachi may have been left extreamly (Unrepairably ) damaged after the encounter, hindering his chances of doing future battles with whoever he may have had to fight.
Im not being arrogant, But i know im right.
At the end of the day, Itachi is a good guy, andall that stuff about him needing to rest his eye is bullshit, in the fight against Sasuke he used god knows how many techniques ( INCLUDING susanno ) At a weakend state( he had a disease )
if he can avoid the death of such a vital ninja, of course he is going to ''run away''