2.2: 1-on-1 with Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard stops by Chronicle Live to detail what made him among the greatest of all-time.
Nations subject tonight not the great fairy -- I don't know I don't know what is very good friend daily news channel one. And only Sugar Ray Leonard welcome to the days earlier and thank you haven't could see my good result there I just had to stay out of the way I. Tell old stories how long have you guys known each other you guys worked together for like ten years trying to think we were given ten years 1979 in 1988 mountain. For a good while for many years for many great years let's -- and he also called a lot of his great fights. Is there one you could pick remained the Kearns -- state. Roberto Duran fight to Marvin Hagler fight you gave our generation some of the greatest moments in sports history is there one moment. That you look back on and say that was fun but one I have to say because of my heart goes out I think it to get them. -- -- -- Not a. We should say the movie the fighter which they -- Academy Award this year it's a great film Dickey echlin has portrayed by Christian Bale. Did you slip pretty -- and without question nicely with him and getting it did ask you quite out of the and without question is Tommy aaron's yeah that was the most. Defining moment and mine boxing career. Defeating him blog is Tommy. Wasn't fight Barrett could hit it in the park every -- -- -- extra spiritually physically mentally psychologically it. To be telling her and he was a monster and he wasn't it was the way you -- -- really wasn't me that so spectacular in fact. I don't thought I don't know we ever thought about this that was fifteen round fight I think people forget. That there was still find fifteen rounds and that have been twelve round fight human lost a my blood loss he go to question about. -- and come back. And twelfth and thirteenth round because I wasn't how. A -- tells me how the judges' scorecards. What why was he so tough because he was so long and what have you guys went in the first time. And I have to get beat tech -- Thomas Byrnes is like a basketball players so long time it was an anomaly I mean he was really freak of nature unfortunately pound welterweight. Call 62. Long bombs and fast powerful. But he also has someone looked kamikaze and tell me he wouldn't have for the kill -- take advantage of this hype. -- -- -- -- -- yeah exactly I. That one thing that I really wonder about how we haven't had a chance to talk him in a couple of years now but when you look at guys like Mayweather and Jones if they always say. Great fights make great fighters. You had three great fights to -- parents fight remark haggard two with Durant three accepts a -- separate. Fights that would've made anybody else's career but they they are what made Sugar Ray Leonard -- when those fights. What format with Mayweather twenty years you know sitting in this chair of what's gonna save himself because he's never had the big fight you -- Well you know let's say that the Manny Pacquiao fight takes place because that's -- therefore both of them. Forget them because what does scare me and millions of dollars but it's about bragging rights does it's about your legacy so boast two. Must have to fight Wheldon his fifth world are we wanna see the options so I say yes but. The way things have been going thus far. I don't think this problem come to fruition everybody everybody tells me that Mayweather is more interest in staying undefeated and making top dollar which he can make. But fund Jewish -- and certainly that not for what -- other -- -- it is I don't think he's afraid I don't I'm always free. You know he he has too much artillery to be afraid who wins it's that get in the ring Manny your -- well you know what at first it was difficult question to ask. Astros should say and even now because I question. Are gonna come back from being hurt. No doubles her body -- Shane Mosley whom they can persevere you compose yourself okay back straw. And the second thing happened to Manny Pacquiao went for Margarito Margarito meet current and bought by a shot. Forget the fact that model -- to a slow as molasses. But Pacquiao came back and compose himself would you -- U -- big -- big -- exactly there. You -- fought the original Floyd Mayweather go back to September 7085 you -- the -- yeah. Imagine it yet it was it was a battle on about ten rounds this problem you he wasn't -- a Mayweather senior was very averse to that -- extremely fast. Very clever with the with enough strength and Mayweather have a bad defense to know. But he wasn't big punch wasn't a big bako. -- yeah you know I doubt they would cookware -- story. When we were working and HBO we stepped into half hour shows and ray was fighting and I mean Bruce pinch. How demanding it was actually thought he got hurt us or not but. But I totally before the fight because. You know we -- he's always been really like my little brother you know. And and I I said to -- you gotta give me some rounds now I don't wanna. So he had -- dugout -- anyways I didn't seven pounder promises seven rounds. While in the third rob you can't do this very independent horse that's fixing a -- like -- -- I had to rush navy did in the third round who's been cheated. And heard it past double. And right above me inside and I still remember I looked up and great this -- just kinda. Made eye contact with each other -- duo of Taylor went through -- Yeah. Thirty seconds later and I just got still and I was -- dance all night. I know how the chemical you know for me personally speaking it was difficult for me as I've as I've faced. Did top notch guys you know high caliber. To fight someone of less significant -- Allenby an underdog to provide. The odds from him personally speak. How many times there and I were talking about this how many times did you say that's enough final Siberia or was it 34 million dollar -- -- just multiply that it was much much like forty sent Alec threw for like 56 times. -- I -- Cold War but doesn't. I kept coming back and thank god wasn't for the money but because Els and they've -- in my -- instead mumble. Would you know. Alcohol drugs that. -- -- so sad because you know not my marriage is crumbling. And then -- really bought myself as much as I have about myself. I have my ball boys. And I head. Female friend but that wasn't that I want I want I want my kids bad but I was such a jerk about -- -- because of why. Narcissistic not much craziness. You know probable -- elephant. -- -- -- How much was it that you just missed getting in the ring and doing what you do and in what do you do now I know you're in town for the -- -- celebrity dinner and sports talk tonight to give a great speech but. How tough is it to walk away. And not have that then adulation that limelight in the competition Kenya I don't have as I've ever been before. I'm 54 years ago this is an -- I don't know if restaurant that true. But I marital 141 Bernadette. I have two wonderful two additional wonderful kids and -- Daniel. Commit those thirteen days. -- -- my son's a junior starts to get me gave me four grandkids. Jewel rail -- -- said and done a wonderful kid but he should try to throw -- about how mark would I'll get the job sort. Why would my kids what a wonderful you know I do motivational speaking and he's boxing fight as a metaphor. I just I'm just finish my book. On this throughout the angels' seventh written by -- Marco -- And which -- It was therapeutic for me. And I worked you know I do these have cameo appearances and I did -- good work -- He just what you're you're yours your speeches that you give power I think is the Akron right prepare. Overcome win every round you probably gonna get it tonight at the Guardsmen -- for their version of it. Give us a little minutes synapse of that what what what is it the power speech from red -- mean I'm always felt in house especially in the past maybe ten years self. That we all fighters inside and outside doing we get knocked down like boxers do and the key is getting up and coming back strong. You can -- to a world can do diligent whatever the case may be. -- got a great corner had a great quote Angelo Dundee listen -- to have all of the things that. I need the -- optical and one's life. As fight. Credible stuff. Such -- I think Guardsmen celebrity dinner and sports -- and you'll be going out at the Ritz Carlton here in San Francisco. Featuring the honorary chairman the great boxing Leonard. Boxing legend a living legend to great ray Leonard just tell me about your Sugar Ray Leonard foundation the work -- do. Right I think -- the foundation. And you know because I'm always want to give back -- to be of service is really a key for me. -- so father husband friend. Citizen and I've -- -- celebrity to really make a difference went for a raise awareness about JD RF juvenile diabetes research and patient. And the key is to. One day not just give pills or shots whatever but you recognize what is the I've testified to congress with. I think Jonas and Rotella war. A few obvious. And you know as some great feel is the whole field. 22 -- one and it. Allen looked like you and -- -- I thought I thought. Definitely real an -- trotting out. I sort of Ariel the super -- taking your ten year old son and a fact. We have taken Packers Steelers are you very much of a football fan I'm not. Not really but mark my wife who was married to one the -- from the Steelers on won't the Packers. You guys can't catch in the green room very thing can't go -- more familiar again and I'm sure they're okay Atlanta to battered beaches and he's so it was just -- agree.