By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: ESPN 30 for 30
Nothing captured the nation more so than the intense rivalry between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard. ESPN decided to find out what happened during the rematch between Duran and Leonard and the infamous words, No Mas.
The documentary, produced by Eric Drath, takes viewers on Sugar Ray Leonard’s journey to Panama to uncover the truth behind Roberto Duran’s decision to quit abruptly during their eagerly anticipated rematch. The film covers the buildup to their second fight and the factors surrounding Duran during his preparation.
Drath gives the audience versions of events from the media, celebrities and even a passionate Iron Mike Tyson. Visiting Panama for the first time, Leonard discusses that controversial in New Orleans where Leonard humiliated and destroyed Duran and eventually made him quit in the eighth round.
Leonard and Duran discuss the problems faced back then ranging from the intimidation during the first fight to Duran struggling to make weight for the second fight.
Upon seeing the documentary for the first time, Duran commented that he never once uttered the words which now plague him: “This is the first time I heard the referee say that I actually said, ‘No mas.’ ”
Without revealing too much, Leonard accepts Duran’s version of events, much to his dismay. He may not believe Duran’s reasoning but understand that he may never fully know everything that happened that night. Duran gives sound logic into what he believes happened that night, giving the viewer much to contemplate with modern day weight struggles and the perception of nutrition back in the eighties.
No one but Duran will ever know what truly happened that night, but Drath’s encapsulating documentary puts us ringside into one of the sport’s most talked about fights.
ESPN Films’ No Más, premieres on Tuesday, October 15, at 8 PM ET on ESPN.