Mike Trainer

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Mike Trainer with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980.

Mike Trainer is an attorney, manager and promoter.

He is best known for his work with Sugar Ray Leonard, who became the first boxer to earn $100 million in purses.

Leonard was introduced to Trainer by Janks Morton, one of his coaches, shortly after he won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games.

"Mike didn't know a thing about boxing then," said Morton, who knew Trainer from playing on the same recreational softball team.

Shirley Povich of the Washington Post wrote in 1983: "With the emergence of Leonard, lawyer Trainer became the new fresh face in boxing, the wunderkind of the business. He learned the ropes quickly, took the matchmaking away from the promoters, made his own deals with the networks, exploited closed circuit and pay TV, demanded both guarantees and percentages, made them pay for Leonard's box-office value, set money records and spat in the faces of promoters who wanted options on Leonard's next fights."

Trainer managed 1984 Olympic silver medalist Shawn O'Sullivan and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Andrew Maynard.

Trainer promoted several of Leonard's fights under the banner of Victory Promotions.