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The life of lightweight boxing champion Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini reads like a Greek tragedy which is why it makes the perfect movie, 'The Good Son.' During his rise to become a champ he was struck down by the death of his brother Lenny which only propelled him to get back into the ring. Then the worst thing that could possibly happen did - - Duk Koo Kim died following the match that gave him his title at Caesars Palace on November 13, 1982. Any other man might have thrown in the towel; but not Ray. Instead he chose to deal with whatever obstacles life gave him with grace and dignity. In the film you see his life come full circle years later when he meets Kim's family.
Celebrating his success at the premiere party he tells host Robin Milling, 'everyone takes their shots and you got to keep moving forward. My faith kept me from jumping off a bridge.' Ray is certainly moving forward. At 52, he has re-invented himself in the wine business launching three new wines from Napa under the name South Paw; named for being a lefty as well as for his last name 'Mancino' which means left-handed. He is also a poet. Writing since he was a kid, his mother would secretly enter his poems into contests. He recalls, 'I'd get in the mail you're an honorary member of the National Poets Society. What's this?!'
For everything Ray from wine to memorabilia, visit http://www.rayboomboommancini.com
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