Miguel Cotto takes the great welterweight challenge vs. Martinez
Generally regarded as one of the greatest lightweight champs – if not THE greatest 135 pounder ever – Duran extended his legend to the welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight divisions. The Panamanian icon, who definitely earned his nickname “Manos de Piedra” (Hands of Stone), was among the most dominant boxers of the 1970s and among the most popular fighters of the 1980s. He faced the best of both decades, including Ernesto Marcel, Ken Buchanan, Esteban DeJesus, Carlos Palomino, Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Pipino Cuevas, Davey Moore, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Iran Barkley.
Won welterweight title: On June 20, 1980, outpointing Leonard over 15 rounds.
Fought for middleweight title(s): On Nov. 10, 1983, dropping a 15-round decision to Hagler; and on Feb. 24, 1989, against Barkley, who he dropped en route to scoring an upset 12-round split decision.
Hall of fame induction: 2007