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BOOM BOOM TIME AGAIN
E.M. Swift
July 13, 1981
Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini is trying for something his father was denied almost four decades ago—a chance at the lightweight title
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July 13, 1981

Boom Boom Time Again

Ray (Boom Boom) Mancini is trying for something his father was denied almost four decades ago—a chance at the lightweight title

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Ray Mancini isn't walking in a shadow at all. "I've told my father that if I am half the man he is, I'll be happy in life," he says. "But there are so many ways I want to be different from him, too. There aren't many sons that can really give something to their fathers. I'm fortunate to be able to. A lot of people ask me if I'll retire if I win the title. What will be my motivation? It's pride. A lot of guys win it once and lose it. But to hold on to it...."

The intensity is his own. Not his father's. It's a real, tangible thing, like a left hook, and it has taken him far. Whether he wins the title or not, young Boom Boom's all right. He's tackling life face first. And it ain't no gig.

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