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They called him Manos de Piedra - Hands of Stone - and he was one of the greatest boxers of all time. Now Roberto Durán tells his unbelievable story, from the streets of Panama to being crowned one of the Four Kings, along with Hearns, Leonard, and Hagler, as he blazed a trail through the golden age of boxing.

Born into abject poverty, barely able to read or write, Durán quickly realized that his fists could both protect him on the streets and put food on the table. His reputation was established on the day when, for a bet, he knocked down a horse with a single punch. At the age of 21, he claimed his first world title, against Ken Buchanan at Madison Square Garden. The legend of Manos de Piedra was born, but his most glorious moment was yet to come.

In 1980 Durán delivered one of the greatest upsets in boxing history by defeating the previously unbeatable Sugar Ray Leonard. But greater fame brought greater distractions, and Durán's endless partying took its toll before the two superstars faced each other again. Here, for the first time ever, Durán confronts the debacle of the rematch that entered sporting folklore and the truth behind the moment he was heard to utter the infamous words "no más" - no more.

Durán's explosive performances in the ring were matched only by the volatility of his life outside it. He lurched from living like royalty to bankruptcy and, after being written off as a boxing also-ran, made a bloody, legendary comeback that gave his career the ultimate ending and finally brought redemption. He came from nothing and changed the world. I Am Durán is the autobiography of one of boxing's most iconic legends.

©2016 Roberto Durán (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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El Cholo will live forever!

This is one of the most captivating, hilarious and elucidating books I've ever read. Duran's inimitable recollection of his legendary pugilistic career and equally trying life is gripping from hustling in the slums of El Chorillo to his decimation of the lightweight division to his legendary defeat of Sugar Ray to his infamous resignation in the 8th round of their rematch to the many ups and downs that followed. As he says in his forward he lead his life exactly as he wished and makes no apologies whatsoever. It's no surprise therefore that he recounts making the same mistakes over and over again: spending his money on parties, getting fat, having to lose weight on short notice and suffering for it, and the cycles repeats over and over again. Yet I cannot shake my admiration for a man who stuck to his principles and never second guessed himself despite suffering humiliation both in defeat and in media scorn. He is the Don Quixote of the past century, with punches like Rocinante's kicks but without the gentlemanly smarm.

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Raw, funny, and real!

Excellent story. Duran was always one of my favorite fighters. This man is easily one of the top 5 greatest fighters of all time. In his own words, you will understand his life and mentality. Stoic gangster with a big heart and he's not afraid to be himself. Never had a fake image, and this book reflects the legend of Manos De Piedra!