Monday, October 15, 2012


Leonard–Durán II: No Más Fight

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán II is One of the Most Infamous Fights in the History of Boxing. The rematch took place on November 25th, 1980 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sugar Ray was set to receive an $7 million & Durán $8 million. 

Legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell called the fight to "critical-acclaim" and also "boxing shame" for the 7th round antics by Sugar Ray Leonard — displaying some of the flashiest boxing taunts — posturing & taunting&nbspDurán thought would have made Muhammad Ali proud. The dismantling of "Manos de Piedra" ("Stone Fists" / "Hands of Stone") continued and towards the end of the 8th round, Durán turned away from Leonard, waved to the referee and quit by saying "No más" meaning "No more" in Spanish.

"First of all, in regards to the two most famous words in all of sports, he never said them. Not that it matters much. His words were still a declaration of surrender. But what Roberto Duran actually said on that strange November night in New Orleans 25 years ago was "No peleo [I won't fight]," wagging his glove softly, his back to Sugar Ray Leonard, their rematch suddenly and shockingly over... ...he blames announcer Howard Cosell. "I am standing here, he is sitting there," Duran petulantly explains. "How does he know what I'm saying?"" — Sports Illustrated

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