One of the richest boxes of all time, America's Sugar Ray Leonard announced his retirement on November 9 at the age of 26.
Visnews, New York; (MUTE): SV PAN Sugar Ray Leonard in training clothes is photographed in Buffalo, New York.
GV PAN Crowd watches as Leonard spars. (2 SHOTS)
SV Leonard (blue top) spars with training partner.
NBC: Maryland: (SOUND): GV & SV Announces introduces Marvin Hagler into ring at ceremony, Hagler and leonard shake hands. (4 SHOTS) (SOT)
GV ZOOM TO SV Muhammed Ali speaks in the ring. (SOT)
SV & GV Leonard speaking from the ring as crowd cheer him. (SOT) (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: ANNOUNCER: (SEQ 4) "Many acclaim him as the greatest champion in his division."
MUHAMMED ALI: (SEQ 5) "Boxers have been known to be ugly. We are pretty."
LEONARD: (SEQ 5) "A fight with this great man, this great champion, would be one of the greatest fights in the history of boxing. You're talking about money .. you're talking about Fort Knox. And this is the only man that could make that possible -- marvelous Marvin hagler. But unfortunately it'll never happen. Thank you and God bless you all."
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Background: One of the richest boxes of all time, America's Sugar Ray Leonard announced his retirement on November 9 at the age of 26. An Olympic Gold medallist Leonard won 32 of his 33 professional bouts. The only defeat was administered by Roberto Duran, who took the World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title in a controversial, 15-round points decision in Montreal, Canada in June, 1980. Five months later in New Orleans, the title went back to Leonard. This bout was followed by a match for the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight championship in Las Vegas last year. It was a close contest until the 14th round when Leonard opened up with a barrage of punches that sent Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns reeling and the fight was stopped. Leonard used the gold medal he won in the 1976 Montreal Olympics to launch a professional career which gave him gross earnings of 40-million dollars, second only to Muhammed Ali. Ali himself spoke at the ceremony in Baltimore, maryland, where Leonard announced his retirement. Marvin hagler, World Boxing Council's middleweight champion, also attended the ceremony. Sugar Ray said a match with hagler would be one of history's greatest fights, but with his retirement it will never happen.