Sport: Everything I've Done Is Unique

At 26, pretty Sugar Ray could no longer summon the desire

The first time that Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing, in Montreal after winning a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics, he said, "My journey has ended. My dream is fulfilled." No one doubted that he meant it or that he would fight again.

Like Decathlon Winner Bruce Jenner, Leonard imagined his place on the Wheaties box was secure. His error, confusing the commercial opportunities awaiting white heroes and black heroes, was soon revealed, along with a paternity suit, a sadly overblown welfare...

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