He lifts his fist on the air as the crowds cheered and praise the man they called “Manos de Piedra” or “The hands of stone”… Roberto Duran clearly deserved to be inducted as one of Boxing’s Hall of Fame fighter. The path was misty and the road to glory is not an easy undertaking to accomplish but none the less Roberto made it to the top and made history and forever be remembered as Boxing’s best.
We would remember Roberto’s famous “no mas” (no more) phrase during Duran’s title fight against Sugar Ray Leonard but what Duran is well-remembered for was his never ending ageless fights. Having fought 119 fights for five decades with the likes of Sugar Ray, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Hector Camacho, William Joppy, Wilfred Benitez and countless of Hall of fame fighters on his five decade reign.
He always wants to fight the best and that’s what makes him special. There won’t be another Roberto Duran in boxing because there’s no other fighter of today that had done what he accomplished. Floyd Mayweather may have the skills but with his continuous avoiding of good fights and quality opponents he is no where in the level of legends. He would be labeled as boxing’s best talent but he is far from greatness and with his recent retirement Floyd’s legacy never materialized. Roberto Duran fought Sugar Ray Leonard three times on his career winning once and failing twice even though the “No Mas” incident happened but Duran never made excuses and continues to fight Sugar Ray.
His record has 16 defeats with 103 wins 70 by knockouts he gives the fight to the people and records don’t speak of a fighter…the memorable fights between Hagler, Hearns and Leonard makes history not records…
Roberto Duran had to undergo a bad car crash to finally retire in 2001.
At age 57 Roberto Duran could still fight if people want him to fight. The Manos de Piedra may be brittle but as long as it can jab and box he still ready to go…once a fighter always a fighter…A boxer who has given us the best fights in boxing… A legacy he created… A hands of stone who will forever be remembered.