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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.
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!