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treadmill for 15 minutes; 80 push ups; jump rope for 10 minutes; another 80 push ups; shadow box with 3-5 lb. weights for 5 minutes; hit the bag for 10 minutes; then finish with 80 or more push ups. CHUCK: What did you get out of boxing? RAY: Boxing made me the man I am. It’s the best character builder I know of. It gave me enough income to live a good lifestyle. I live a privileged life. I’m able to take care of my kids and my future. So I’m blessed in that way! It also gave me a notoriety; it gave me a name; a certain amount of fame that I never could imagine. Sometimes when I talk to young fighters I ask them, “Why do you want to become a fighter?” I’ve heard: “To meet girls!” My answer is: To meet girls? Get a personality! I’ve heard: “To be famous.” My answer is: Fame lasts about 10 minutes, if that! I’ve heard: “To make money” My answer is: Get a job! The percentage of fighters making a lot of money is so low. I believe that only about 10% of the fighters are able to sustain a living without having another job. CHUCK: I know that you’re an independent producer in the entertainment field. I understand that you’re also a motivational speaker? RAY: Yes, I’m also a motivational speaker. I talk about HOW TO GET UP AFTER GETTING KNOCKED DOWN. I use the analogy from boxing, of course. I speak at meetings for large companies. How to stay hungry; have respect for your business; have respect for your job. It’s one thing to be a champion; it’s another thing to be a well respected champion. It’s hard to be a champion. It’s harder to maintain being a champion. CHUCK: Who were or are your heroes besides your dad? RAY: Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Babe Ruth, Joe Di Maggio, Tony Canzoneri, Henry Armstrong, Carmen Basilio and Rocky Marciano. I’m proud to be an Italian-American and I’m proud of who I was and what I was. CHUCK: I see in you today the same determination, discipline and focus that I saw in you back at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion when I first met you in 1980. You’re a credit to all Italian-Americans and to the boxing profession. You have certainly maintained being a champ. I want to thank you for sharing your time with me. RAY: It is my pleasure. God Bless you. Note: Ray Mancini’s professional boxing record is listed as 29 wins, 5 losses, with 23 knockouts. However, he is quick to tell you that his actual record is 30 wins, 4 losses, with 23 knockouts. As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, our paths have crossed several times during the past 26 years. This difference in Ray Mancini’s professional boxing record will be the subject of another article that I will share with you in the near future.

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