Usher prepares to play Sugar Ray Leonard in boxing film about Roberto Duran
Friday, May 03 2013 @ 09:58 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Usher says he has spent more than a year preparing to play Leonard, who was known for his fast hands, quick feet and wide smile.
The film is based on the story of boxing great Roberto Duran. He rose from the slums of Panama to become a world champion in four weight divisions.
Duran's rivalry with Leonard included three bouts. The most infamous was the "no mas" fight.
Robert De Niro will star as Duran's Hall of Famer trainer, Ray Arcel.
Filming is scheduled to begin in Panama in October. (AP)