Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and
conjures the image of a champion.
Leonard published his first autobiography (Viking Books) entitled THE BIG FIGHT: My Life In and Out of the Ring on June
7, 2011. In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend faces his single greatest competitor: himself.
Leonard’s brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex man behind the
boxer. The Olympic hero, six-time champion and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage,
addiction and greed. With honesty, humor and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and
struggle-and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage and resilience, both in and out of the ring.
In fall 2013, Leonard debuted his new contemporary athletic men’s collection with Starting Lineup available at Saks 5th
Avenue and startinglineupclothing.com. Through his online community www.sugarrayleonard.com Leonard connects with
fans through the sport of boxing, general fitness and philanthropy. The site features everything you need to know about
Leonard’s exciting boxing career and the sport in general, as well as updates from the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation,
which helps fight diabetes and child obesity. Leonard also shares photos and video footage from his personal archives.
Leonard was host and mentor for the first, second and third seasons of the critically-acclaimed series, Contender, on NBC
& ESPN. Contender was produced by DreamWorks Television and Mark Burnett Productions. Leonard recently appeared
in the critically acclaimed Paramount Pictures feature film The Fighter. Leonard also recently served as a consultant on
DreamWorks and Walt Disney Pictures’ hit film starring Hugh Jackman Real Steel.
Having learned to box at the age of 14, Leonard’s illustrious career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two
Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a gold medal in
boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games, he turned professional to help his family defer mounting medical bills incurred
because of his father’s illness. Blinding speed, tremendous power and great charm turned Leonard into an immediate
media favorite. The late Howard Cosell called Leonard the “new Muhammed Ali.”
In 1977, at the age of 20, Leonard won his first professional fight, setting the stage for a collection of the most memorable
fights in history. He went on to defeat some of the finest boxers of the modern era, including Wilfred Benetiz, Roberto
Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler, from whom Leonard won the world middleweight title. During his 20-year
professional career, Leonard also won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight and light
heavyweight divisions. He was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes.
Leonard’s sincere, charismatic personality coupled with his ring experience led to a successful career as a television
broadcaster for NBC, ABC, HBO and ESPN. His television credits also include competing on the hit ABC series, Dancing
with the Stars. In addition, his celebrity status and tremendous cross-over appeal fostered commercial endorsement
relationships with numerous companies including EA Sports, Vartec Telecom, Track Inc., Ford, Carnation, 7-Up, Nabisco,
Coca-Cola and Revlon. Leonard is also among the most sought after motivational/inspirational speakers in the world
today. His speech, titled “POWER” (Prepare, Overcome, and Win Every Round), is consistently booked with major
Fortune 500 companies in the United States and abroad.
Successful business ventures aside, Leonard has always been devoted to the community and to helping those in need.
For many years, Leonard has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a
Leonard has a passion to help fund research and awareness for type 1 and 2 diabetes and obesity prevention. In 2009,
Leonard and his wife Bernadette started the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and have been supporting the life-changing
programs at the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The Leonard’s have always been devoted to the community and to helping those in need. Leonard also participates in and
speaks on a variety of national and international causes benefiting children’s charities. He connects with audiences
through the sport of boxing, fitness and philanthropy.
Leonard will be the focus of the upcoming film Hands of Stone, set to be released in the United States in 2016 and will be
played by Usher. The film will additionally star Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez and Ellen Barkin.
Leonard has four children and lives in Southern California with his wife Bernadette.