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Honest and Compelling,
This review is from: The Big Fight: My Story (Paperback)
This book is everything that you yearn for in a biography. Unlike Oscar De La Hoya's American Son, this is not a sanatised PR exercise. It is a frank, honest, account of Sugar Ray's account and a tale of remorse about his failures with drink, drugs and in wedlock.
I found the book to be compelling and very convincing as issues were addressed such as his financial differences with the late Angelo Dundee that Angelo had previously commented upon in his own book. It was nice to read both sides to the story and the views were consistent if not their respective opinions on the basis of Dundee's payment and the extent of his contribution to the team.
I found Sugar Ray's description of his opponents to be very open. He recognized that Dave Boy Green was not a difficult challenge, he openly admits that his performance was poor against Dick Eckland and most impressively he states that Thomas Hearns beat him in their second fight.
He does admit infidelity, cocaine and drink abuse and is open in his appraisal of his own performances, he recognises that to struggle against Kevin Howard meant it was time to stop.
It is a very compelling read, I read the book in a single day and afterwards have grown in admiration for Sugar Ray Leonard, yes he messed up at times but to recount this so objectively and honestly makes for an excellent biography