So Leonard returned to his natural fighting weight, 154 pounds, a territory he abandoned in 1984. "The younger guys arc fresh, they are strong," he said. "I don't give a damn about what they say about Terry Norris. They say he's unknown, a nobody. I hope he's still unknown after our fight. I have to see if I can stay with the young tigers. I'm not putting pressure on myself; I'm just making myself realize I can't afford any more bad performances. I really can't."
Some observers said that in Norris, Leonard would be facing a younger version of himself. Fast and quick-fisted, Norris has patterned himself after Leonard, whom he idolizes. He is only an imitation, however. Norris is good—he has won 27 of 30 fights—but Leonard was great. At the same age, Leonard would have knocked Norris out in three rounds. That is no knock at Norris. There was only one Joe Louis, one Sugar Ray Robinson, one Muhammad Ali—and one Sugar Ray Leonard.
"Now I'm going to move on to something else," said Leonard in defeat. "Now I'm going to do something I've been promising myself for a long time. Now I am going to learn how to play golf."
There are no old golfers, only young golfers and senior golfers.