The Good Son
The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
But it all came apart on November 13, 1982, in a brutal battle at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mancini’s obscure Korean challenger, Duk Koo Kim, went down in the 14th round and never regained consciousness. Three months later, Kim’s despondent mother took her own life. The deaths would haunt Ray and ruin his carefully crafted image, suddenly transforming boxing’s All-American Boy into a pariah. With the vivid style and deep reporting that have earned him renown as a biographer, Mark Kriegel has written a fast-paced epic. The Good Son is an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, loss and redemption.
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Not long after his release from prison, Nick Mancino pulled aside his stocky ten-year-old son, Lenny:
“I have to go,” he said.
“I’ll go with you,” said the boy.
“No,” said Nick. “You have to stay here and take care of your mother.”
Lenny cried all that day and through the night. He cried so much that by the next morning, he knew he’d never cry again.
Nicola Mancino, son of Leonardo Mancino, of... see more