Last month, Sugar Ray Leonard met Roberto Duran in the Swanky SLS hotel as Duran was enjoying his cup of coffee in the hotel. Leonard approached him pointing an index finger at him, and all that he said was, “one more fight” and Duran gave a laugh in response, but then Leonard waved his hands in the air and said, “No more fight.”
Their famous rematch,” No Mas” back in 1980 took the better part of their conversation. The bout took place on Nov.25 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans five months after Duran beat Leonard by unanimous decision in their first fight and after the match, Leonard said that he almost had his own “no mas moment .”
The events of that 1980 bout are addressed in a new documentary called “I am Duran,” which will be available by digital download starting Tuesday. The boxers who fought each other three times as welterweights united to promote the film, with the help of a translator.
The rematch had created animosity between the two and as Leonard disclosed he never thought he would forgive Duran. At some point, Leonard said, he thought of retiring because Duran had walloped him that his jaw shifted during the fight.
He showed Duran his teeth and informed him that they were not his real teeth. Furthermore, Leonard said that he needed 60 stitches in 1989 after the third and final fight, widely considered a lacksluster12-round affair that Leonard won by unanimous decision.
Leonard also recalled how Duran’s eyes looked like the night when he left the Louisiana Superdome after the fight, and he saw that he was in pain. He said that the documentary would reveal all that is in the story.