Sugar Ray Leonard quotes

Born
May 17, 1956, Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.

Occupation
Professional boxer.

Sugar Ray Leonard is an American former professional boxer, often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

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
Boxing will always be in my life.
– 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
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
When the trainer talks to the fighter, there’s a connection. You don’t always have to say much.
– 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
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
No one but myself thought I could beat guys like Tommy Hearns or Roberto Duran.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
I wouldn’t change anything because the mistakes and the hurt are as important as all the great fights. They made me who I am today.
– 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
I remember all the important fights. Vividly. In detail.
– 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.
– 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 always designed my robes and how I would present myself at every fight.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
I think I’ve become one of the best finishers in boxing; if I hurt a guy, I normally take him out.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
I don’t hold any regrets whatsoever about my life besides hurting people I loved.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
Success is attaining your dream while helping others to benefit from that dream materializing.
– 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
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
The time to stop is when the other guy hits you more than you hit him.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
You just don’t heal that easy unless you’re young.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
I’m not religious, but I believe that what I have is a gift, and I respect it and live up to it.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
Boxing is individual, although there’s a team concept because you need a great corner, you need a great trainer, you need a great prep man, you need all of these things, but it’s more of a Mano a Mano; it’s more you versus me. I miss that time in training camp and Dad and Mom cooking meals. It was one big family.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
Holyfield is nothing but class, and I think he’s a breath of fresh air for the sport.
– 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’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
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
I run three to four times a week. I go down to Orange County in California and I run all the time… all the time. You see the oceans, the trees. I like running in hot weather. I like to sweat and get all those toxins out of my system. I thoroughly enjoy it.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
I’ve done a lot of things in my life that I’m not proud of.
– 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
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 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
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
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
It’s hard to talk about yourself.
– 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
When I turned pro, Muhammad Ali was laying back, and I was able to fill up an area that was empty.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
I always expect unexpected challenges. Boxing is not an easy sport.
– Sugar Ray Leonard