By the time he was 20 years old, Ray Charles “Sugar Ray” Leonard had won an Olympic gold medal, three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. Then he turned pro, winning world titles in five weight categories. Today he’s a manwho takes a more moderate approach to physical activity. Even former high-performing athletes feel their age at some point. Now running the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, which raises funds for juvenile diabetes research, giving motivational speeches and doing some acting, Leonard talks about his life, how aging affects athletes and what it’s like to be Sugar Ray.
“There’s nothing I can’t do. I do things more in moderation. I listen to my body a lot more than I used to. When my body tells me to slow down, I heed that advice.”
But back in his heyday, Leonard was living two lives.
The 61-year-old told Oprah on “Where Are They Now?” the he was essentially living two different lives during his legendary boxing career.
“There was a part of me that’s Ray Leonard, that’s a good man, that’s an honest man,” he tells Oprah. “And there’s Sugar Ray Leonard, who is ego-driven, who’s a tough SOB in the ring, who had money, who had fame — and at some point, didn’t really appreciate it and took advantage of that.