Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is opening up about his battles with depression and addiction in his new memoir, “Sugar Ray Leonard: The Big Fight – My Life In and Out of the Ring.” Not only does the book chronicle his fights with such opponents as Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Wilfred Benitez, but it explores the corruption of the sport and his own treacherous road to rock bottom and redemption.
In a chat with fans on ESPN, Leonard shares that he feels a weight has been lifted now that the book is out. “Without question. It’s been something that I’ve wanted to get rid of or release for many years,” he says. “What most people who have experienced what I have is I was tired of the inner pain.”
He also dishes that of all of the fighters he’s faced, Tommy Hearns hits the hardest, but Roberto Duran was the most intimidating.
Of course, Leonard was asked about the recent fight between Sugar Shane and Manny Pacquiao. He says he was unsurprised by Pacquaio’s win. “It went as expected. If it was anyone except Pacquiao, Shane probably would have won.”