Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran (3rd meeting)
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1989-12-07 : Roberto Duran 158 lbs lost to Sugar Ray Leonard 160 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Richard Steele
- Judge: Jerry Roth 109-119
- Judge: Joe Cortez 111-116
- Judge: Bob Logist 110-120
- Unofficial AP scorecard: 118-111 Leonard
- Unofficial HBO Judge Harold Lederman: 120-106 Leonard
- WBC Super Middleweight Title (second defense by Leonard)
- Program Cover
- Photo #1, Photo #2, Photo #3
- See also: Leonard vs. Duran I
- See also: Leonard vs. Duran II
- Leonard was the WBC Super Middleweight Champion, and Duran was the WBC Middleweight Champion.
- Leonard and Duran had a contracted weight limit of 162 pounds.
- Leonard was guaranteed $15 million, and Duran was guaranteed $7.5 million. Leonard's purse from this fight made him the first boxer to earn over $100 million in his career.
- The bout took place at The Mirage. The $630 million hotel and casino opened on November 22, 1989 and was the first new resort on the Las Vegas Strip in fifteen years. Steve Wynn, the owner of The Mirage, originally scheduled the opening for December 26, but the date was moved up when he landed Leonard vs. Duran III.
- Bob Arum promoted the fight.
- The match was billed as "Uno Mas," meaning "one more" in Spanish. It was a reference to the second fight between Leonard and Duran, the "No Mas" fight, in which Duran quit.
- The fight was shown live on pay-per-view and closed-circuit television at approximately 1,200 locations.
- HBO paid $3 million for the delayed rights.
- A sellout crowd of 16,305 produced a gate of $9 million.
- The fight was held in an outdoor arena, and the temperature was 37 degrees at fight time.
- Leonard was a 9 to 5 favorite.
- Leonard dominated the fight. He thoroughly outboxed Duran and was awarded a lopsided decision victory. However, Leonard did not leave the ring unscathed. A right by Duran opened a cut over Leonard's left eye in the eleventh round, and a left hook in the twelfth round opened a cut over Leonard's right eye.
- Many in the crowd booed the lack of action. Pat Putnam of Sports Illustrated wrote, "Leonard gave them artistic perfection when they wanted heated battle, and they booed lustily. Most fight fans would not spend a dime to watch Van Gogh paint Sunflowers, but they would fill Yankee Stadium to see him cut off his ear."