Frasi di Roberto Durán
Data di nascita: 16. Giugno 1951
Roberto Carlos Durán Samaniego, detto "Manos de Piedra" , è un ex pugile panamense.
Nel 2001, Ring Magazine lo ha eletto il peso leggero più forte di tutti i tempi. Nel 2002, sempre Ring Magazine, lo ha collocato tra i cinque migliori pugili degli ultimi ottanta anni, preceduto solamente da Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Muhammad Ali e Joe Louis. Nel 2006 è entrato a far parte della World Boxing Hall of Fame, nel 2007 della International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Durán è stato campione del mondo in quattro diverse categorie di peso: leggeri , welter , superwelter , medi . Proprio l'incontro del 1989, che gli valse il titolo dei pesi medi, contro Iran Barkley, venne giudicato da Ring Magazine l'incontro dell'anno .
Nel 1979 partecipa al film Rocky II in una scena in cui fa da sparring partner a Rocky Balboa.
Frasi Roberto Durán
Origine: Citato in Roberto Duran: "Dimenticate i film, devi avere cuore ma la boxe è sangue", di Emanuela Audisio, 12 gennaio 2015 https://www.repubblica.it/sport/vari/2015/01/12/news/roberto_duran_dimenticate_i_film_devi_avere_cuore_ma_la_boxe_sangue-104772424/
„Getting hit motivates me. It makes me punish the guy more. A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.“
<span id="no-mas"></span>¡No más, no más!
Infamous words supposedly uttered in quitting the Leonard-Duran II fight, which became known as the "No Más Fight"
[Fred W., Kiger, http://www.espn.go.com/classic/s/add_leonard_sugar_ray.html, Duran wanted 'no mas' of Leonard, ESPN Classic, espn.go.com, 19 November, 2003, 2007-08-06]
Roberto Duran: I never said 'No Mas', EastSideBoxing.com, 17 June 2005, 2007-08-06 http://www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php?p=3886&more=1,
„My experience won this fight…. I knew I was in control. I was not scared. He was not hitting me with anything that was hurting me.“
On his fight with P. J. Goosen on 12 August, 2000 http://www.cmgworldwide.com/sports/duran/quotes.html
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„I am not an animal in my personal life. But in the ring there is an animal inside me. Sometimes it roars when the first bell rights. Sometimes it springs out later in a fight. But i can always feel it there, driving me and pushing me forward. It is what makes me win. It makes me enjoy fighting.“
Al Bernstein, boxing analyst, at ring side during a fight against Iran Barkley and "The Hands of Stone" http://coxscorner.tripod.com/duran.html
„Duran knew how to fight. He knew what to do. If he looked at the corner the only thing I ever had to do was pretend to jab, once he was using his jab I knew he’d have no trouble. Even more important he knew how to think. When you talk about great fighters, always remember there was a guy named Roberto Duran. He was never given the opportunity to really display his wares because at his peak, he was overshadowed by Muhammad Ali.“
Ray Arcel, Duran's trainer http://coxscorner.tripod.com/duran.html
„He’s good inside, very good, strong physically. The one thing that surprised me the most was his quickness. And his defensive ability. He moves his head a lot, feints a lot. He’s not an easy man to hit.“
Carlos Palomino, 16 June 1980, after his defeat by Duran http://coxscorner.tripod.com/duran.html
„Moving fluidly and jabbing, slipping punches and countering rather than swarming over DeJesus, he stalked him, relentlessly wearing him down and coolly destroying him with savage punches to the body. For 11 rounds Duran bested the classic boxer at his own game, robbing him of his speed and his will to fight, and only then did he permit himself the luxury of putting DeJesus away.“
Sports Illustrated, 30 January 1978 http://coxscorner.tripod.com/duran.html
„One gets the impression of Duran is that he’s a tough, rough brawler who just wades in and ducks nothing. But all you have to do is look at his face to see that is nonsense. He’s not marked up. He does a lot of cute things in there.“
Angelo Dundee, boxing cornerman, 30 January 1978 http://coxscorner.tripod.com/duran.html