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Sugar Ray Leonard        

Boxing Legend, Successful Entrepreneur & Author of "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring"

Sugar Ray Leonard is a former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor. Often regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, he competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions, the lineal championship in three weight divisions, as well as the undisputed welterweight title.

Leonard was also the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, and was named "Boxer of the Decade" in the 1980s. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, and 1981. In 2002, Leonard was voted by The Ring as the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years; BoxRec ranks him as the 14th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound.

Voted “one of the top 25 athletes of the last 25 years” by ESPN, he is a successful entrepreneur who started his own sports promotion firm. With irrepressible charm and relentless drive, Leonard keeps audiences mesmerized with a high-energy presentation guaranteed to inspire a passion to be their best.

In 2009, Leonard and his wife founded the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise. Leonard remains active in philanthropic efforts to benefit children’s charities and in promoting sustainable, healthy lifestyle habits.

His autobiography, a New York Times best seller, is entitled The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. He is played by Usher and the focus of the film, Hands of Stone, which was released in the United States in 2016.

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The Power to Win!

Whether achieving greatness as an athlete or in the business arena - the same qualities that drive success apply: discipline, focus, determination, preparation, the right attitude and setting fear of the unknown aside. Sugar Ray Leonard makes a powerful case for his principles of success with a sense of humor and a smile that lights up the room. An enormously charismatic figure, Leonard walks the stage telling stories that paint strong pictures for his audience - stories of what it took to reach his dream of Olympic gold, of what it took to get to the top in his professional career - and stay there, and stories of his journey to make the challenging transition from life as an athlete to that of an entrepreneur. Making your dreams come true, staying at the top and dealing with change - all themes that people in every audience will relate to. Sugar Ray Leonard is a masterful speaker whose audiences come away with a renewed enthusiasm and commitment to being the best.

Fitness and Philanthropy

Sugar Ray Leonard has a passion to help fund research and awareness for diabetes and obesity prevention. In 2009, Leonard and his wife Bernadette started the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to benefit this cause. The Leonard’s have always been devoted to the community and to helping those in need. In 2012, the Foundation was able to help develop and sustain Children's Hospital Los Angeles Kids N Fitness program, a community outreach program focused on reducing the rate of weight gain in overweight youth by promoting sustainable lifestyle changes that encourage healthier eating habits and more frequent physical activity. Leonard also participates in and speaks on a variety of national and international causes benefiting children's charities. He connects with audiences through the sport of boxing, fitness and philanthropy.

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Sugar Ray Leonard To Speak At Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Chicago Awards Dinner

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, whose father is living with multiple myeloma, will serve as the evening’s Keynote Speaker at the 15th Anniversary of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) 2016 Chicago Awards Dinner.

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