Re: Current Naruto vs. Itachi
lol the manga and the anime aren't the same.
Originally Posted by tommy78
In the manga, Kisame states why "running is necessary" for someone like Itachi. Hell, even Kisame can take Jiraiya on. The fact is, they were both capable of killing Jiraiya right then. Itachi and Kisame were very capable of killing Kakashi, Asuma, Kurenai and Gai but why did he ask Kisame to leave? He never intended to fight. Refer back to the manga please.
Also to point out your feared Jiraiya theory. Kisame was more excited than scared when Jiraiya popped up. Itachi didn't stop beating up Sasuke. He even broke through the "inescapable" toad stomach and Jiraiya was left in awe.
To disprove your theory even more; Itachi defeated Orochimaru when Orochimaru was in his prime. Oro was as strong as Jiraiya and Itachi beat him without a scratch. He even cut off his arm that had the Akatsuki ring on it hence making Oro flee Akatsuki.
And finally, here's the manga link enjoy
and I'd say Itachi wins. He was not only fast but the best at Genjutsu and Naruto is still weak vs. genjutsus. Furthermore, he was a genius and a prodigy, he can outsmart Naruto.