Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$120 million
Date Of BirthMay 17, 1956
SpouseBernadette Robi, Juanita Wilkinson
FactAttended boxing matches with friend Michael J. Fox.

Sugar Ray Leonard is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1977 to 1997. He was born on May 17, 1956, in Wilmington, North Carolina, to Cicero and Getha Leonard. His father worked as a factory worker and his mother was a homemaker. He has three sisters: Deborah, Christine, and Dorothy. Leonard was raised in a Baptist household. He attended the Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina, on a football scholarship. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Maryland on a boxing scholarship.

Leonard won a gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He turned professional later that year and won his first world title in 1979, when he defeated Wilfred Benítez to become the WBC welterweight champion. He defended his title five times before losing to Roberto Durán in 1980. In 1982, he regained the WBC welterweight title from Thomas Hearns and defended it twice before losing to Marvin Hagler in 1987. He retired from boxing in 1997 with a record of 36–3–1 with 25 knockouts.

Leonard’s professional career earnings were estimated to be between $80 million and $120 million. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In 2010, The Ring ranked him as the ninth greatest welterweight of all time. In 2012, ESPN ranked him the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. In 2016, he was voted by the Boxing Writers Association of America as the greatest fighter of the last quarter-century.

Leonard has been married twice. His first marriage was to Juanita Wilkinson in 1980. They had three children together: Ray Jr., Jallen, and Jarrel. The couple divorced in 1990. His second marriage was to Bernadette Robi in 1993. They have two children together: Camille and Daniel.

Leonard is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters) tall and has a reach of 72 inches (1.83 meters). He fought at a weight of 145 pounds (66 kilograms) during his amateur career and 147 pounds (67 kilograms) as a professional.

General Info

Full NameSugar Ray Leonard
Net Worth$120 million
Date Of BirthMay 17, 1956
Height1.78 m
Weight72 kg
ProfessionTelevision producer, Television presenter, Professional Boxer, Actor, Sports analyst, Motivational speaker


SpouseBernadette Robi, Juanita Wilkinson
ChildrenCamille Leonard, Ray Charles Leonard, Jr., Jarrel Leonard, Daniel Ray Leonard

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1The Olympics meant everything to me. Going through them is like nothing else you will ever experience. For those few weeks, you are in another world. At that point, I couldn't see how there could ever be anything better.
2Ray Leonard is more the family man, kind of quiet. He's not as outgoing as Sugar Ray Leonard. Sugar Ray Leonard was very determined, very focused, very outgoing and very selfish, if you will. There are two different individuals there.
3I used to walk to the Washington Monument from North L Street Northwest. And I was so hungry at times, I would stop and look into the trash cans, and if there was a half a sandwich, I would take that sandwich and eat it. It was just a matter of survival. I didn't think much of it, but it was just the way things were.
4Normally, I would run with a group of guys in my camps. A couple of days before the fight, I would run by myself. That was my time to choreograph the fight in my head, so I needed to be myself.
5People try to live vicariously through fighters, but it's one-on-one; it's primal. There's no other feeling like it. The problem for me was accepting it - that nothing compares to being champ.
6I'm one of the most optimistic persons in the world. I always believed that - there's another shot, another chance. In boxing, I never gave up. I kept trying, kept trying. Even when things seemed so dim, I continued to push forward to make something happen in my favor.
7I went through real darkness, but the ring was my light. That was the one place I felt safe. I could control what happened in the ring. My heart turned icy.
8The time to stop is when the other guy hits you more than you hit him.
9We're all given some sort of skill in life. Mine just happens to be beating up on people.
10No one but myself thought I could beat guys like Tommy Hearns or Roberto Duran.
11I wanted to win the gold medal and then go home and further my education in college. I had no intentions whatsoever to become a professional fighter because I had heard horror stories about former boxers who made money but, in the end, ended up with nothing. I didn't want to be one of those guys.
12When I'm not in training. I'll walk around the streets at 153, but it's not solid; it's my socializing weight.
13It's hard to talk about yourself.
14I'll think, If this is his first punch, how are the others gonna feel? That's the only fear I have for myself.
15I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of.
16I'm not religious, but I believe that what I have is a gift, and I respect it and live up to it.
17I wouldn't change anything because the mistakes and the hurt are as important as all the great fights. They made me who I am today.
18I enjoy the school run and being a dad. Boxing will always be with me. I like that.
19I remember all the important fights. Vividly. In detail.
20If I hadn't had the talent, the networks wouldn't have televised my fights. No one has made me; I made myself. I paid my dues.
21I wanted to be like Bruce Jenner.
22In Italy, I had an Afro, and a lot of the kids came up and felt my hair. It really was funny. I wish I had understood Italian.
23I think I've become one of the best finishers in boxing; if I hurt a guy, I normally take him out.
24I always designed my robes and how I would present myself at every fight.
25I'm a free agent. I haven't allowed any promoters to have exclusive options on my fight. I don't need a promoter.
26I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me.
27Aaron Pryor wants to get into the ring with me. He wants to be able to retire, and he will. For health reasons.
28When I turned pro, Muhammad Ali was laying back, and I was able to fill up an area that was empty.
29I think an athlete should be honest. I know it's difficult, but if a guy knocked me on my can, I couldn't very well say, I slipped.
30Before the start of the '76 Olympics, I'd had 160 amateur fights. I won 155 and lost five.
31Ali's belief in himself was something I picked up on, and it's become my own philosophy.
32Holyfield is nothing but class, and I think he's a breath of fresh air for the sport.
33Except for Ali, fighters had never been marketable.
34Generally, the more weight you put on, the less effective you are.
35Duran always disturbs me. The guy is just weird. Before our first fight, both Duran and his wife gave my wife the finger.
36Although it was a great accomplishment to win a gold medal, as soon as they put it on you, that's it; your career is over.
37They say that I'm stubborn, and my wife says that, too, but it's paid off so far.
38I run with music all the time. I cannot run without my iPod. I have everything. Teddy Pendergrass. Luther Van Dross. Michael Jackson. Outkast. If an Usher song comes on and it's fast, I go fast.
39Boxing will always be in my life.
40When we got back to the U.S., I wanted to kiss the ground after seeing what people in other countries are denied or don't have.
41There will always be something about two men in the ring - a mystique because it's pure man-to-man competition. Because of the history boxing has and the tradition it holds, boxing will always have a that mystique.
42At 14, I was the most disciplined guy around. I would get up at 5 o'clock in the morning and run five miles, and then go to school. Sometimes I would run behind the school bus, and the kids thought I was just crazy. I knew what I wanted.
43I made the decision to turn pro, and I remember what Ali said to me: 'Get Angelo Dundee. He's the right complexion with the right connection.' He knew boxing. Our relationship was so genuine, so sincere.
44My very best memory of Montreal was the moment inside the Olympic arena when I was waiting under the stadium and those majestic gates opened up. It was a whole other world.
45I made an instant connection with boxing right away. Boxing became such a part of me. I ate boxing, I slept boxing, I lived boxing. Boxing was a way of expressing myself because I was not that outspoken.
46The thing about boxers is that there's respect there. You beat me, and I may not like it, but you know what, deep down inside, I respect you. And that's the code of honor.
47I was not from a middle-class family at all. I did not have middle-class possessions and what have you. But I had middle-class parents who gave me what was needed to survive in society.
48I didn't excel too highly in school, but I felt that I was moving ahead - and not just in boxing - but in life.
49Sugar Ray Robinson was probably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.
50I am excited to share my archive pictures and footage. I'll also share announcements about current events and success stories from the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to help fight diabetes and child obesity.
51I don't hold any regrets whatsoever about my life besides hurting people I loved.
52I always expect unexpected challenges. Boxing is not an easy sport.
53Muhammad Ali was a god, an idol and an icon. He was boxing. Any kid that had the opportunity to talk to Ali, to get advice from Muhammad Ali, was privileged. He's always given me time to ask questions, although I was so in awe that I didn't ask questions.
54I want my fights to be seen as plays that have a beginning, a middle and an end.
55You just don't heal that easy unless you're young.
56You get these moments in the ring that live forever. That's what Muhammad Ali accomplished, and I hope that I have, too.
57I made mistakes, but I'm luckier than most. I've got a successful business, lots of fans who think a lot of me and a family who loves me.
58To be the best, you need to spend hours and hours and hours running, hitting the speed bag, lifting weights and focusing on training.
59I was not athletically inclined. I was very quiet, introverted, non-confrontational. My three older brothers were athletes - basketball, football - but I was kind of a momma's boy. Then one day, my brother Roger encouraged me to go to the boxing gym with him. I tried the gloves on, and it just felt so natural.
60Bruce Lee was an artist and, like him, I try to go beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want the public to see a knockout in the making.
61I came from nothing and achieved humungous fame and fortune. But I worked hard. I had discipline and determination. I had that ice in me.
62To be the best, you need to spend hours and hours and hours running, hitting the speed bag, lifting weights and just focusing on training.
63Before I fight, I always pray that no one gets hurt.
64To say what I would have been if I wasn't boxing, I don't know why, but I always wanted to be an x-ray technician or a substitute teacher. Those two occupations always stuck with me, maybe because my substitute teacher didn't give us homework, or because I've always had x-rays of my hands.
65I asked my kids, 'Do you know what Papa used to do.' They said, 'You were a boxer, you won the Olympics!' And that's what they know.
66Boxing should focus on pitting champion versus champion - those are the fights that everyone wants to see. The sports also needs to work on developing new heroes and personalities. I'd like to see more vignettes on fighters, focusing on their lives, goals and stories. Boxers need to be larger than life.
67Joe Frazier was the epitome of a champion. I mean, here is a guy who was total old school, blue collar, who would fight anybody. You know, he didn't tell you he was the best fighter pound for pound.
68I learned to run backwards from Muhammad Ali. He told me about running backwards because you try to imitate everything you do in the ring, so sometimes you back up. So you have to train your legs to go backwards.
69I watched Ali, studied Ali, and I studied Sugar Ray Robinson. I watched them display showmanship. I watched them use pizzazz, personality, and charisma. I took things from them and borrowed things from them because boxing is entertainment.
70Boxing's a poor man's sport. We can't afford to play golf or tennis. It is what it is. It's kept so many kids off the street. It kept me off the street.
71I run three to four times a week. I go down to Orange County in California and I run all the time... all the time. You see the oceans, the trees. I like running in hot weather. I like to sweat and get all those toxins out of my system. I thoroughly enjoy it.
72Without boxing, because of my neighborhoods, who knows what would have happened to me. It was always about following the leader. And I definitely was not a leader. Boxing gave me discipline; a sense of self. It made me more outspoken. It gave me more confidence.
73For some reason, I was drawn towards boxing. Or maybe boxing drew me towards it - because once I put those gloves on, after about six months, boxing was my life.
74When I was fighting, I would look to excite the crowds with a bolo punch or something taunting. Looking back, they were legal - but not sportsmanlike. I don't recommend another boxer try them. But we looked more to make the robot fights dramatic first and realistic second.
75Boxing is individual, although there's a team concept because you need a great corner, you need a great trainer, you need a great prep man, you need all of these things, but it's more of a Mano a Mano; it's more you versus me. I miss that time in training camp and Dad and Mom cooking meals. It was one big family.
76Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring. On the downside, you meet a lot of really bad people in boxing, at all stages of your career.
77Boxing is a sport, but it's also entertainment. I wanted to transcend the sport and be considered just not as a fighter, or a champion, but someone very special.
78It's different when you become a professional, because you also have to become a businessman, and that takes something away from it.
79When you're a boxer, there is a lot of downtime and long periods of inactivity.
80For the most part, I think video games do a good job of capturing the essence of boxing. However, I'd like to continue to see them push the realism, emphasizing the skill involved.
81When the trainer talks to the fighter, there's a connection. You don't always have to say much.
82Success is attaining your dream while helping others to benefit from that dream materializing.
83You don't appreciate things until they're gone. For me, I miss my friends; I don't miss boxing, I miss the camaraderie.
84People can do more than they ever believe they can do. Physically, mentally, academically. You have to be pushed. It hurts. But it's worth it, and it's a great thing.
85I'm a competitor and a very proud man. If a guy beats me once, he'll have to do it again to make me believe him.
86I watched Muhammad Ali, how when he would speak, how it was such a thing of beauty. It sounded so wonderful. And I wanted to be like him.
87Boxing was the only career where I wouldn't have to start out at the bottom. I had a good resume.
88I've never believed in tying myself up in a long-range contract, and I've been very outspoken on that subject.
89I fought tall fighters, short fighters, strong fighters, slow fighters, sluggers and boxers. It was either learn or get knocked off.
90Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct, not necessarily a killer instinct.
91I was just such a quiet kid. I found boxing when I was 14 years old. I went down to the gym because my brother, who used to beat me up all the time, introduced me to boxing. I found boxing to be a sport that I felt safe in because I controlled what was in those four squares.
92Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.
93Boxing was not something I truly enjoyed. Like a lot of things in life, when you put the gloves on, it's better to give than to receive.
94Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.
95Looking back, yes, I made too many comebacks. But each comeback I was 100 percent sure that I would win. I never came back for the money, because I didn't need it. The adulation I was getting anyway in other spheres. But I'm a guy who likes to see how close he can get to the edge of the mountain - that's what makes me tick.
96Fighters display two things. They display confidence, or they display a look that says, 'I'm not sure.'
97I never met a person as determined as my mother. From working hard for six kids to just trying to keep the household down or maintain my father's discipline, my dad, I'm so much like my father too. My father was so introverted, quiet, shy, nice. I got attributes from my father and mother.


1Father, with Bernadette Robi, of daughter Camille Leonard and son Daniel Leonard.
2Godfather of Khloé Kardashian.
3Attended boxing matches with friend Michael J. Fox.
4Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, 1985.
5Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1996.
6Olympic Light Welterweight boxing gold-medalist, 1976. Held various world boxing championships, Welterweight through Light Heavyweight, 1979-1990. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1997.




The Garden's Defining Moments2015-2016TV Mini-Series
The Comedians2015TV SeriesSugar Ray Leonard
The Fighter2010/ISugar Ray Leonard
Half & Half2003TV SeriesDoctor
I Spy2002Vegas Commentator
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesAxel
L.A. Heat1997TV SeriesDet. Benny Lewis
Riot1996Major Williams
Renegade1995TV SeriesSonny Reynolds
Vault of Horror I1994TV Movie
Tales from the Crypt1992TV SeriesGravedigger
Married with Children1992TV SeriesSugar Ray Leonard


The Contender2007TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
SportsCentury: The Century's Greatest Athletes2002TV Series producer - 1 episode


Five Good Yearsfight choreographer announced


Real Steel2011boxing consultant


Hands of Stone2016very special thanks


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Home & Family2015TV SeriesHimself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fortune's on Sunset2014TV Series documentary
El Boxeo2013DocumentaryHimself
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Hell's Kitchen2012TV SeriesHimself - Restaurant Patron & Author: The Big Fight
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Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
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The Colbert Report2011TV SeriesHimself - Author, 'The Big Fight'
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ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Legendary Nights2003TV Series documentaryHimself
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Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
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John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHimself
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Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration1992TV SpecialHimself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
ABC's Wide World of Sports 30th Anniversary Special1991TV MovieHimself
The 12th Annual CableACE Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Summerslam1988TV MovieHimself
WrestleMania IV1988TV MovieHimself
The 9th Annual CableACE Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Countdown to Tyson-Spinks1988TV MovieHimself
Road to the Superfight: Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard1987TV MovieHimself
The 8th Annual Black Achievement Awards1987TV SpecialHimself
The Super Fight1987Video documentaryHimself
Closeups1986TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1976-1986TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase1986TV SeriesHimself
Super Birthday: A World's Fair Salute to Bob Hope1984TV MovieHimself
The Comeback of Sugar Ray Leonard1984TV MovieHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob!1983TV SpecialHimself
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus - 113th Edition1983TV MovieHimself
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All-Star Comedy Birthday Party from West Point1981TV SpecialHimself
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