New York, NY - Along with their global sports coverage, ESPN has done a marvelous job with their 30 for 30 series. Regardless of the sport we follow at heart, the “Worldwide Leaders in Sports” has kept many of us interested in this unique and captivating program.
Tonight’s espisode titled, No Más is a must watch for any boxing fan. Directed by Eric Drath, he was able to dig deep into the rivalry of boxing legends Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. As stated in the Press Release:
In the midst of boxing’s contemporary golden age - the 1980’s - stood two fighters who established a captivating rivalry. Their pair of bouts within a span of just over 5 months in 1980 had all the trappings of instant classics.
Sugar Ray Leonard, an American hero, who had become a household name after a Gold Medal-winning performance at the 1976 Summer Olympics that led to numerous corporate sponsorships, versus the lightweight champion Roberto Duran of Panama, the toughest - some said meanest - fighter of all time.
It was not just the drama and action of these fights that would endure, but those two words uttered in the second of their clashes, which would create a sense of mystery, bewilderment and intrigue to the present day.
Through Leonard’s journey to Panama to see his old rival in search of closure, No Más looks for answers to Duran’s stunning decision to quit in the middle of a championship fight.
As many boxing enthusiasts are aware, No Más became the famous phrase following the second Sugar Ray Leonard – Roberto Duran fight. Taking place on November 25, 1980 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, those in attendance and watching worldwide were stunned when Roberto Duran called it quits in the eighth round.
By addressing this rivalry from a social, political and economic perspective, the audience will learn the impact their rivalry had in terms of national and cultural pride with their respective countries. In addition, many watching will see how ego and assumed male gender roles played a role in both men’s approach to their rivalry and career.
In what should have been a crowning moment for Sugar Ray Leonard, who reclaimed his title and avenged his loss to Duran, his win was overshadowed by the questions of Duran’s decision to quit. Boxing fans will have the opportunity to hear both boxers provide their assessment of their rivalry, the fight and their career.
Along with the footage of their first two encounters, Mike Tyson’s recollection of the rivalry magnificently captures the essence of what many felt at the time and aftermath of the second fight. As a bonus, you have the opportunity to learn how both fighters moved on from that bizarre night and beyond their boxing career.
Having met both fighters, I would like to believe both legends have found their closure and moved on with their lives. While some of the questions weren’t answered in a way we would have hoped for, there’s no denying both men have a developed a grudging respect for each other. Whether you’re a boxing fan or a sports fan, No Más is a must see.
30 for 30 air dates:
- Tuesday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m. – No Más (Director: Eric Drath)
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. – Big Shot (Director: Kevin Connolly)
- Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. – This is What They Want (Directors: Brian Koppelman and David Levien)
- Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. – Bernie and Ernie (Director: Jason Hehir)
Each 30 for 30 film will be available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video the day after its broadcast premiere. A six-disc collectible DVD Gift Set, featuring the first fifteen films from30 for 30 Volume II, will be available at major retailers in-store and online on November 26, 2013.
About ESPN Films
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports.
In October 2009, ESPN Films launched the Peabody Award-winning, Producer’s Guild Award-winning and Emmy-nominated 30 for 30 film series. Inspired by ESPN’s 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators.
The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the critically acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the webby award winning 30 for 30 Shorts.