Sugar Ray Leonard said through a spokesman yesterday that he has not made a decision about retiring and "hasn't even thought about it."
Leonard made his first public appearance yesterday since losing his welterweight title to Roberto Duran Friday night, when he appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" television program. He was asked if he planned on retiring in the near future.
Leonard said: "Yeah, I pretty much accomplished what people said I couldn't do as far as the money is concerned, as far as being independent, as far as doing the things they said I could do, bringing the same excitement, the same amazement to the ring as the heavyweights did in the past.
". . . I feel I have fulfilled what they said I couldn't do. So I guess it's time for me to say, 'Let's cool out and try something else.'"
Leonard later said, through a spokesman, "Yeah, I said that. But you must understand, 'cool out' is a slang expression. I just want to rest up and get myself together. I have not made any decision whatsoever as far as retiring."
Leonard said he has "recovered 100 percent mentally" from the fight, but that he is still "sore all over."