Sugar Ray Leonard Biography

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Birth Name: Sugar Ray Leonard
Born: 05/17/1956
Birth Place: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA

After many retirements and subsequent comebacks, Leonard finally retired for good after a bitter loss to Hector "Macho" Camacho in 1997. From there, he went on to a lucrative career as a commentator for NBC, ABC, HBO, and ESPN, as well as landing endorsement deals with companies such as EA Sports, Ford, Nabisco, and Coca-Cola. Leonard also became a successful motivational speaker and for many years served as the International Chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Walk for the Cure." In addition to his many television appearances, for four years he hosted the boxing reality series "The Contender" (NBC, 2005-09), sharing co-hosting duties for the first season with actor Sylvester Stallone, who also executive produced the show. He made a cameo appearance in the highly-lauded boxing biopic "The Fighter" (2010), a project that brought back memories of his real-life fight with one of the film's subjects, troubled boxer Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale, in an Oscar-winning performance). In March of 2011, Leonard took a step outside his comfort zone and into an all-new arena when he was announced as a celebrity contestant on the 12th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).