Macmillan has acquired an autobiography by “one of the greatest boxers who ever lived” in a six-figure deal.
Roberto Duran, nicknamed Hands of Stone, held four world titles at four different weights and fought boxers including Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
Macmillan signed world rights to I Am Duran direct from Duran in his hometown of Panama City, Panama.
Pan Macmillan non-fiction publisher Robin Harvie said: “Roberto Duran is the ultimate fighter, and his is one of the great untold stories of the Golden Age of boxing. It is an unbelievable coup to have brought Duran to the Macmillan sports list and his autobiography is a major event in the history of boxing and sports writing.”
Duran will tell his “unbelievable story from extreme poverty on the mean streets of Panama to the bright lights of Las Vegas and becoming World Champion”.
I Am Duran, which will be published in April 2016, will be written with sports writer George Diaz, who is a journalist for the Orlando Sentinel sports department.