LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- With the nickname “Hands of Stone,” boxer Roberto Duran will be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Saturday at the Tropicana Las Vegas.
Like so many legendary boxers Roberto Duran was born into poverty and rose out of it.
The champions always come from poverty, and they become millionaires. It is always the humble who become grand.
Known for his tenacity and power, he got the nickname "Manos de Piedras" or Hands of Stone.
"Some say I fight hit harder with the right. Some say I hit harder with the left. Sometimes I do it with the left. Sometimes I do it with the right," Duran said. "So a journalist gave me the name manos de piedra because I use both hands."
Duran's says his favorite fight took place when we was just a teen. He says the commission in his native country of Panama thought he was too young.
"So my manager talked to the commission, and at that time I was 17 years old. The guy that fought against me, I gave him a weight advantage," Duran said. "When I fought him, they had to take him away from me."
But perhaps Duran's most famous fight was the the "no mas" fight with Sugar Ray Leonard on Nov. 25, 1980.
In the 8th round he withdrew, waving his hands and allegedly saying "no mas" or no more.
Duran denies he ever uttered those words.
"I never said that. Howard Cosell said it," Duran said.
But that one bout did not define Duran. Instead it's a speck in a career which has spanned five decades.
The ferocious boxer fought until he was 50 and won world titles in foru different weight divisions.
His loss in 2001 to Hector Camacho would be his last fight.
Not by choice, he stopped fighting because of a car accident which resulted in broken ribs and a punctured lung.
His doctor told him it was time to stop boxing.
"I felt sad, because I didn’t want to retire. If it wasn't for that, I would still be fighting," Duran said.