A Sugar Ray Fight to Remember
March 7, 2005

The fight that's been days in the making is finally here, and only "Extra" could bring it to you, as our Mark McGrath faced his idol, Sugar Ray Leonard, in the ring.

The judge for the once-in-a-lifetime fight was none other than Neal McDonough from NBC's "Medical Investigation."

"I'm looking for a real battle in there," McDonough told us. "Sugar Ray Leonard is obviously one of the fastest and most versatile fighters of all time, but let's not forget about McGrath, growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Newport Beach. He's wearing the green for the luck of the Irish, so I think it's going to be an excellent match."

All right ladies and gents, welcome to the main event: in one corner we had six-time world champion in five different weight classes, Olympic Gold Medalist and Executive Producer of the new NBC boxing reality show, "The Contender," Sugar Ray Leonard.

In the other corner, hailing from Newport Beach, California, selling 8 million CDs and calling his dog, Lola, his guiding light -- weighing in at 178 pounds: Sugar Ray Mark McGrath.

For those of you scoring at home, we had a 10-point must system, and Neal was our sole judge. The two Sugar Rays came out from their corners fast and embraced at center ring. Few expected the force with which McGrath could throw a punch, but Leonard looked as quick as ever. (Words can't do this clash of the titans justice, so be sure to check out our video version of this story.)

The crowd was electrified from start to finish, but we quickly got word of the judge's decision: "Ladies and Gentleman, the winner in a unanimous decision is Sugar Ray Leonard!"

"I've been humbled," Mark admitted. "We'll change the name of the band to 'Hit Man.'"

"He held his own," Sugar Ray said of Mark (who'd never been in the ring before). "Pretty weak, but he held his own."

To both fighters, job well done. And we hope the real Sugar Ray enjoys his new title!


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