Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Talk of the Town Tuesday: The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring by Sugar Ray Leonard

Today's "Talk" is brought to us by the great boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. If you have not already heard by now, the former boxer has a new book out titled, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, where he shares with his readers many of his struggles that he was forced to deal with, including being sexually abused as a young teenage fighter.

Excerpt from Amazon.com:

Sugar Ray Leonard's brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex man behind the boxer. The Olympic hero, multichampionship winner, and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed. The Big Fight takes readers behind the scenes of a notoriously corrupt sport and chronicles the evolution of a champion, as Leonard prepares for the greatest fights of his life-against Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Wilfred Benitez. At the same time Leonard fearlessly reveals his own contradictions and compulsions, his infidelity, and alcohol and cocaine abuse.
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.


Well, I have not read many books by former athletes and I am not sure how I feel about this one.  But I am curious to why he decides now to reveal this information about his past....  According to a recent radio interview he states that revealing this information allowed him to free himself.  Which I  understand. However, there are a few that do not believe that his accusation hold merit.  (click here)  What are your thoughts?  Leave us comments below. Thanks!


  1. I'd take a humble, principled average middle-class guy over a wealthy, arrogant prick of an athlete anyday. The wives know what they're getting themselves into, Maria Shriver included. And don't ever marry someone because it's the "right thing to do". Never ever. Leonard has an extremely flawed way of thinking, and now that he's aging and not sexy anymore, he's throwing up the white flag and coming clean to make money off of a tell-all book. Whatever. This man is NOT a hero.

  2. Powerful perspective Kerwin and thanks for commenting. I think many feel the same way that you do....


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...