You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win.— Sugar Ray Leonard
The most jaw-dropping Sugar Ray Leonard quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
People 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.
When I was 15 or 16 and I started climbing up the ladder of success in amateur boxing, a reporter asked me, "What do you want to be?" I think he was expecting me to say, "A champion." I said, "I want to be special." I don't know why I said that, but I didn't just want to be a fighter. I wanted to have an impact with people, particularly kids.
I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up.
Inactivity is the biggest sin in boxing.
When 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.
In 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.
It is wonderful. It truly is. It is the only thing that is real! It's you against me, it's challenging another guy's manhood. With gloves. Words cannot describe that feeling of being a man, of being a gladiator, of being a warrior. It's irreplaceable.
My ambition is not to be just a good fighter. I want to be great, something special.
Ali's belief in himself was something I picked up on, and it's become my own philosophy
If 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
My intention was to fight Durán ASAP because I knew Durán's habits.
I knew he would indulge himself, he'd gain 40–50 lbs and then sweat it off to make 147.
I'm so opposite of my profession. No one - particularly my mother and father - ever thought I was going to be a boxer because I always felt that football and baseball were too dangerous. I was just such a quiet kid.
I think I've become one of the best finishers in boxing; if I hurt a guy, I normally take him out.
When I'm not in training. I'll walk around the streets at 153, but it's not solid; it's my socializing weight.
Boxing'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.
Holyfield is nothing but class, and I think he's a breath of fresh air for the sport.
Except for Ali, fighters had never been marketable.
Before I fight, I always pray that no one gets hurt.
I 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.
I enjoyed [Celebrity Ghost Stories]. I never thought in a million years that I would tell people that I saw a ghost. And I've seen a lot of ghosts.
Someone once said there was a comparison between Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson. Believe me, there's no comparison. Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest.
The Ricky Hatton that beat Kostya Tszyu in 2005 can beat Floyd Mayweather, he was so focused and in such amazing physical shape that he would have given anybody at that level a tough time.
We're all endowed with God-given talents. Mine happens to be hitting people in the head.
I only wish that I had had the courage and the knowledge to have gotten that out of my system, out of my mind or my heart years earlier. But there is no book, there is no manual to tell you how to deal with sexual abuse.
I'm a free agent. I haven't allowed any promoters to have exclusive options on my fight. I don't need a promoter.
I retired and came back in '97. Woo! I mean, come on! I don't know, man. A six-year layoff? That was crazy! My career was relatively short, whether you look at either its length in years or the number of fights I had. But it was brutal.
Before the start of the '76 Olympics, I'd had 160 amateur fights. I won 155 and lost five
I've always been quiet and kind of shy. I'm sociable, but I would probably migrate to a corner.
I learned that I had character defects, that I was allergic to alcohol and drugs, and that I had an obsession with all the bad stuff. But thank God that I woke and that I had good people around me to support me. There's not much more I can say about it. You have to want to be a better person.
We're all given some sort of skill in life. Mine just happens to be beating up on people.
You just don't heal that easy unless you're young.
My toughest fight was myself. For me to disclose and let things out was not easy because we don't want to seem weak or like we are different, but I learned that it's okay.
I'm not religious, but I believe that what I have is a gift, and I respect it and live up to it.
It's hard to talk about yourself.
I've always believed that you can be whatever you want to be if you are willing to sacrifice and dedicate yourself.
While each of us faces enormous challenges every day, it's not the sins we commit that will define us, its how we respond to them.
I learned how to sumon, from somewhere deep within, the extra will I didn't know I possessed. Knowing it was there, and could be tapped again, gave me the boost of confidence I would rely on for years to come.
Aaron Pryor wants to get into the ring with me.
He wants to be able to retire, and he will. For health reasons.
This kid [Janks Morton, Jr.] was so special, although he's not a kid anymore, obviously, but he was there from day one of my rise through boxing. You know how the years go by and then, when you stop to reflect, you realize that someone was a part of your whole evolution as an individual? That's what I share with Junior.
I always expect unexpected challenges.
Everything you want to know about a fighter is in his eyes. The look in his eyes tells the truth.
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.
Look at football, where you still have injuries no matter how much they improve the helmets and other equipment.
I lay around and wonder why you were always there for me.
It's different when you become a professional, because you also have to become a businessman, and that takes something away from it.
I wouldnt change anything because the mistakes and the hurt are as important as all the great fights. They made me who I am today.
Sugar Ray Robinson was probably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.
No one but myself thought I could beat guys like Tommy Hearns or Roberto Duran