The Big Fight: My Life in and Out of the Ring

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In his New York Times bestselling memoir, one of America’s greatest boxing legends faces his single greatest competitor: himself

In Washington, D.C., during the 1970s, a black man could get into the newspapers in one of two ways: crime—or boxing. “Sugar” Ray Leonard chose to fight. After winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, Ray wanted to call it quits and go to college, but his family’s financial needs made him go pro. Boxing history was made. All the while, another, ...

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Overview

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, one of America’s greatest boxing legends faces his single greatest competitor: himself

In Washington, D.C., during the 1970s, a black man could get into the newspapers in one of two ways: crime—or boxing. “Sugar” Ray Leonard chose to fight. After winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, Ray wanted to call it quits and go to college, but his family’s financial needs made him go pro. Boxing history was made. All the while, another, darker Ray—one overwhelmed by depression, rage, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and greed—battled for dominance. In The Big Fight, Ray comes to terms with both these men and shares a brutally honest and remarkably inspiring portrait of the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of a true fighter—inside and outside the ring.

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Editorial Reviews

The Boston Globe

 “The intelligence and self-reflection that helped Sugar Ray become one of the greatest fighters of his generation, have also stood him in good stead outside the arena.”

Library Journal
The 1976 Olympic gold medal winner here chronicles a life that hasn't been all glow. Having risen from poverty, Leonard turned pro after his Olympic win and discovered just how corrupt boxing could be. He also discovered alcohol, drugs, and the joys of infidelity, and he's forthright about the bad choices he made. Buy wherever sports are hot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452298040
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 314,784
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard worked as a boxing analyst for ABC and HBO after retiring from the ring. He lives with his wife and two children in California.

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My eyes never lie. There they are, open wide, in the mirror of the dressing room at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Those eyes would reveal which of the two dueling personalities would enter the ring as I took on the most intimidating opponent of my career: Marvin Hagler . . . Would it be Sugar Ray Leonard, true American hero since capturing the gold medal in Montreal more than a decade earlier? Sugar Ray was resilient, fearless, unwilling to accept failure. The smile and innocence of a child would be gone, replaced in the ring by a man filled with rage he did not understand . . . Or would it be Ray Leonard, the part-time boxer at the age of thirty whose best was well behind him, his days and nights wasted on fights which never made the headlines, fights he lost over and over, to alcohol and cocaine abuse and depression?

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Palmer Park 1

2 "My Journey Has Ended" 42

3 From Vega to Vegas 71

4 All the Marbles 92

5 Manos de Piedra 118

6 No Más 147

7 The Showdown 168

8 Seeing a New Future 190

9 "I Am Back" 213

10 Simply Marvelous 229

11 Finding Love Again 261

12 Peace at Last 278

Acknowledgments 296

Index 299

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    Excellent Book. After reading I felt like Sugar Ray was a good f

    Excellent Book. After reading I felt like Sugar Ray was a good friend of mine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Boxer mind

    Whatba great book no word can explain please support this if you in to the sport of boxing i never knew this about him intill now after i just finished the book now sugar ray you the man !!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Awsome

    Awsome :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Great Read

    Interesting book about one of our best athletes.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Greattt readng

    Grteat radiing wwho would have kknoown ELLL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    Very candid and wonderfully written

    Loved it!

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