A big part of his job seems to be nurturing the legend of Roberto Duran. The complicated story of a poor boy who always took the first 60 cents he made at his shoeshine stand to light six candles and who became the fiercest fighter of his time hardly needs burnishing, but Duran will gladly give it a buff. For example, the story of his decking a horse. There are several accounts that Duran, drunk in a bar after celebrating an early victory, was dared to fight a horse. Now which was it? he's asked. Was the bet for a bottle of whiskey or for $200? Duran realizes his history could use some attention. He thinks for a minute. "Both," he finally says, and proceeds to reenact the entire event--it's practically a cabaret act--with a hilarious attention to detail, incorporating every possible version of the anecdote.
In any case, he points out, the horse did go down. Nobody's ever disputed that.