Sugar Ray Leonard: 'Boxing will always survive'

Sugar Ray Leonard: 'Boxing will always survive'
November 22, 2013, 9:45 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

Two of boxing's best, Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Ross, will square off in a welterweight bout this weekend, but one of the all-time greats, Sugar Ray Leonard, joined SportsTalk Live Friday to discuss what he missed most about the sport.

Well, and what he doesn't miss.

"I don't miss getting hit. I really don't," Leonard joked. "I miss the camaraderie, I miss the training camp, I miss the choreography, no question about that. Those were moments that were precious in my life."

It seems as if the discussion whether boxing is slowly dying rises every year, but Leonard says he thinks it will never die.

"Boxing is a resilient sport. It's an incredible sport," he said. "Naturally, it's my favorite and I feel that boxing will always survive no matter what. It takes a few black eyes every now and then, but it always bounces back. There's so much talent out there."

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Throughout his career, Leonard finished with a 36-3-1 record and won world titles in five different weight divisions. In 1976, he represented the United States in the Olympics and defeated Andres Aldama to win the gold medal in the light welterweight class.

Which one was the cooler moment in his career? Leonard says it's no contest.

"Gold medal baby," he said. "Nothing compares to that. Nothing. Because it wasn't about money or fame, it was about representing myself and my country."