Top Quotes by Sugar Ray Leonard

By | May 6, 2017

Looking back, yes, I made too many comebacks. But each comeback I was 100 percent sure that I would win. I never came back for the money, because I didn’t need it. The adulation I was getting anyway in other spheres. But I’m a guy who likes to see how close he can get to the edge of the mountain – that’s what makes me tick.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Ray Leonard is more the family man, kind of quiet. He’s not as outgoing as Sugar Ray Leonard. Sugar Ray Leonard was very determined, very focused, very outgoing and very selfish, if you will. There are two different individuals there.

Sugar Ray Leonard

They say that I’m stubborn, and my wife says that, too, but it’s paid off so far.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I’m a competitor and a very proud man. If a guy beats me once, he’ll have to do it again to make me believe him.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I run with music all the time. I cannot run without my iPod. I have everything. Teddy Pendergrass. Luther Van Dross. Michael Jackson. Outkast. If an Usher song comes on and it’s fast, I go fast.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I used to walk to the Washington Monument from North L Street Northwest. And I was so hungry at times, I would stop and look into the trash cans, and if there was a half a sandwich, I would take that sandwich and eat it. It was just a matter of survival. I didn’t think much of it, but it was just the way things were.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I was not from a middle-class family at all. I did not have middle-class possessions and what have you. But I had middle-class parents who gave me what was needed to survive in society.

Sugar Ray Leonard

To be the best, you need to spend hours and hours and hours running, hitting the speed bag, lifting weights and focusing on training.

Sugar Ray Leonard

It’s hard to talk about yourself.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I don’t hold any regrets whatsoever about my life besides hurting people I loved.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I made an instant connection with boxing right away. Boxing became such a part of me. I ate boxing, I slept boxing, I lived boxing. Boxing was a way of expressing myself because I was not that outspoken.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Success is attaining your dream while helping others to benefit from that dream materializing.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxing was not something I truly enjoyed. Like a lot of things in life, when you put the gloves on, it’s better to give than to receive.

Sugar Ray Leonard

For some reason, I was drawn towards boxing. Or maybe boxing drew me towards it – because once I put those gloves on, after about six months, boxing was my life.

Sugar Ray Leonard

It’s different when you become a professional, because you also have to become a businessman, and that takes something away from it.

Sugar Ray Leonard

My very best memory of Montreal was the moment inside the Olympic arena when I was waiting under the stadium and those majestic gates opened up. It was a whole other world.

Sugar Ray Leonard

People can do more than they ever believe they can do. Physically, mentally, academically. You have to be pushed. It hurts. But it’s worth it, and it’s a great thing.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I came from nothing and achieved humungous fame and fortune. But I worked hard. I had discipline and determination. I had that ice in me.

Sugar Ray Leonard

You don’t appreciate things until they’re gone. For me, I miss my friends; I don’t miss boxing, I miss the camaraderie.

Sugar Ray Leonard

At 14, I was the most disciplined guy around. I would get up at 5 o’clock in the morning and run five miles, and then go to school. Sometimes I would run behind the school bus, and the kids thought I was just crazy. I knew what I wanted.

Sugar Ray Leonard

When I was fighting, I would look to excite the crowds with a bolo punch or something taunting. Looking back, they were legal – but not sportsmanlike. I don’t recommend another boxer try them. But we looked more to make the robot fights dramatic first and realistic second.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I’m one of the most optimistic persons in the world. I always believed that – there’s another shot, another chance. In boxing, I never gave up. I kept trying, kept trying. Even when things seemed so dim, I continued to push forward to make something happen in my favor.

Sugar Ray Leonard

We’re all given some sort of skill in life. Mine just happens to be beating up on people.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I made the decision to turn pro, and I remember what Ali said to me: ‘Get Angelo Dundee. He’s the right complexion with the right connection.’ He knew boxing. Our relationship was so genuine, so sincere.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I think an athlete should be honest. I know it’s difficult, but if a guy knocked me on my can, I couldn’t very well say, I slipped.

Sugar Ray Leonard

If I hadn’t had the talent, the networks wouldn’t have televised my fights. No one has made me; I made myself. I paid my dues.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I wanted to be like Bruce Jenner.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I watched Ali, studied Ali, and I studied Sugar Ray Robinson. I watched them display showmanship. I watched them use pizzazz, personality, and charisma. I took things from them and borrowed things from them because boxing is entertainment.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I made mistakes, but I’m luckier than most. I’ve got a successful business, lots of fans who think a lot of me and a family who loves me.

Sugar Ray Leonard

You get these moments in the ring that live forever. That’s what Muhammad Ali accomplished, and I hope that I have, too.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring. On the downside, you meet a lot of really bad people in boxing, at all stages of your career.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I’m a free agent. I haven’t allowed any promoters to have exclusive options on my fight. I don’t need a promoter.

Sugar Ray Leonard

In Italy, I had an Afro, and a lot of the kids came up and felt my hair. It really was funny. I wish I had understood Italian.

Sugar Ray Leonard

To say what I would have been if I wasn’t boxing, I don’t know why, but I always wanted to be an x-ray technician or a substitute teacher. Those two occupations always stuck with me, maybe because my substitute teacher didn’t give us homework, or because I’ve always had x-rays of my hands.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I never met a person as determined as my mother. From working hard for six kids to just trying to keep the household down or maintain my father’s discipline, my dad, I’m so much like my father too. My father was so introverted, quiet, shy, nice. I got attributes from my father and mother.

Sugar Ray Leonard

When you’re a boxer, there is a lot of downtime and long periods of inactivity.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Holyfield is nothing but class, and I think he’s a breath of fresh air for the sport.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Duran always disturbs me. The guy is just weird. Before our first fight, both Duran and his wife gave my wife the finger.

Sugar Ray Leonard

When I turned pro, Muhammad Ali was laying back, and I was able to fill up an area that was empty.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Ali’s belief in himself was something I picked up on, and it’s become my own philosophy.

Sugar Ray Leonard

No one but myself thought I could beat guys like Tommy Hearns or Roberto Duran.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I’ve never believed in tying myself up in a long-range contract, and I’ve been very outspoken on that subject.

Sugar Ray Leonard

You just don’t heal that easy unless you’re young.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Aaron Pryor wants to get into the ring with me. He wants to be able to retire, and he will. For health reasons.

Sugar Ray Leonard

When I’m not in training. I’ll walk around the streets at 153, but it’s not solid; it’s my socializing weight.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Generally, the more weight you put on, the less effective you are.

Sugar Ray Leonard

I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Before the start of the ’76 Olympics, I’d had 160 amateur fights. I won 155 and lost five.

Sugar Ray Leonard

When we got back to the U.S., I wanted to kiss the ground after seeing what people in other countries are denied or don’t have.

Sugar Ray Leonard

Although it was a great accomplishment to win a gold medal, as soon as they put it on you, that’s it; your career is over.

Sugar Ray Leonard

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