The Big Fight
My Life In and Out of the Ring
Sugar Ray Leonard & Michael Arkush
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In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend faces his single greatest competitor: himself.
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.
Coming from a tumultuous, impoverished household and a dangerous neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in the 1970s, Sugar Ray Leonard rose swiftly and skillfully through the ranks of amateur boxing-and eventually went on to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics. With an extremely ill father and no endorsement deals, Leonard decided to go pro.
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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Excellent, revealing book. Nothing new among big time athlete millionaires.
Really enjoyed this book on my iPad. It would have gotten five stars except there were no pictures. That was disappointing.
The Big Fight
I would recommend this amazing book to anyone, even if you're not a boxing fan. I have never even seen a boxing match more than a few minutes (because I can't stand the sight of blood) but I was so inspired by Sugar Ray Leonard's honesty and openness to expose himself in order to help others.