If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked legendary professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard — who won five world titles in five different weight classes and an Olympic gold medal during his career in the ring — about the breath freshener, candles, and (of course) punching bag he can’t live without.
My mom and dad always told me to make sure my breath smelled good, and I took that advice to heart. You can be the most beautiful person in the world, but bad breath will take that all away. Back in the day, I used gum, but now I like this spray. I carry it with me all the time. And although just one spritz will do the job, I never do just one. Two gives you overwhelming confidence; you know you’re okay.
I love playing tennis — I play with all my wife’s friends, doubles and everything. But I’ve got pain in my knees; on a scale of one to five, it’s probably around a 1.5–2. So I always wear this brace when I play. It instantaneously relieves the pressure I feel on my knees. I hate those huge braces that cover your hips — some look like they can almost cover your head. This thing is small, light; I don’t even think about it when I’m wearing it. The ladies look at me and shake their heads, but it lets me play for a couple hours each day.
If I’m using my cell phone, and it dies, I go ballistic. I have two of these charging cases on me at all times (any good fighter knows you’ve got to be ready with a Plan B). I can’t remember how I found it; some young person probably told me about it. When you need a charge, you just hit a button, and it starts. Otherwise it’s just a case. I have them in red, because if I misplace my phone, I can spot the color pretty quickly.
It’s hard to describe the relationship between me and my tennis racket. It’s kind of like a partnership; I know we belong together. It’s also kind of like how I feel about boxing gloves — an extension of my body that feels like part of me. I was shopping by myself, picked this up, and knew it was the one. I have small hands, and it was a perfect fit. This was a couple years ago; the same racket has lasted for that long.