Welterweight Angel Manfredy Interview: How You Go To Heaven With Boxing

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent


In a Real Combat Media international interview exclusive, former world welterweight contender Angel Manfredy cited his spiritual kinship with the lord as the inspiration for his current career training and working with boxers. A native of Hobart, Indiana, Manfredy, 42, fought between 1993 and 2004 and compiled a professional record of 43-8-2 with 32 knockouts. He last fought in April 2004, going 10 rounds with Craig Weber in a main event bout, in Cleveland, Ohio. Manfredy made some comeback noises, as he always does, but his desire for a multimillion dollar rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. after a decade of inactivity, without winning at least a couple of ten round high level comeback bouts (which Manfredy stated they would have to be scheduled for if he did do it), in theory, remains an improbability. Irish Mixed Martial Arts fighter Conor McGregor is the only known opponent on Floyd’s radar. The winner of Keith Thurman versus the winner of Kell Brook versus Errol Spence Jr. is clearly not on Floyd’s radar.


Robert Brizel: “How are you doing, El Diablo?”


Angel Manfredy: “It’s not ‘El Diablo’ anymore.”


Robert Brizel: “How about your other nickname ‘Got Jesus’, Angel?”


Angel Manfredy: “It’s how you go to heaven! It’s salvation! It’s the only way.”


Robert Brizel: “So what’s up?”


Angel Manfredy: “I’m (currently) working with Team Certified Sports Promotions. They are fresh. They are from the Midwest. They’ve been out there for a year. I’m working with light heavyweight Shawk Hawn, 22-3 with 17 knockouts. I’m working with him now, just moving his career to get him a title shot. I’m working May 14 and July 29 boxing cards.”


Robert Brizel: “Where?”


Angel Manfredy: “We haven’t got that yet.”


Lanardo Tyner: “How’s your health?”


Angel Manfredy: “Beautiful.”


Robert Brizel: “Are you still mad you never got a rematch with Floyd?”


Angel Manfredy: “He never gave me the opportunity.  After I beat Ivan Robinson on HBO (in 1999), the highest television boxing rating ever for a television audience (or so Manfredy claims), I called out Mayweather for a rematch, but he never gave me the opportunity.”


Robert Brizel: “That was after you beat Julio Diaz. You might have beaten Paul Spadafora too.”


Angel Manfredy: “They did me wrong the day of the Spadafora fight. The gloves couldn’t fit my hand.”


Robert Brizel: “You only lost 115-113 on the three scorecards. How did the improperly fitted gloves affect your performance?”


Angel Manfredy: “It affected me very much. I couldn’t make a fist in the gloves. They rigged up the fights. They gave me the gloves the day of the fight. They are supposed to give you the gloves to try on the day before the fight. They did not follow proper procedures.”


I don’t know if you heard this. Spadafora was arrested recently for stabbing his brother, kicking his mother, resisting arrest, and making terroristic threats. Are you surprised? He previously did jail time for shooting his pregnant girlfriend. What do you think of him?”


 Angel Manfredy: “I think he’s no good. I think he Paul Spadafora) doesn’t represent the boxing world. He’s a bad influence now.”


Reader’s Note: this past February, prosecutors in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dropped assault and other charges against former lightweight boxing champ Paul Spadafora for allegedly stabbing his brother and kicking his mother during a family dispute, though he’s still charged with threatening police officers who intervened, and spitting on one. Spadafora waived a preliminary hearing on a single aggravated assault charge, several counts of making terroristic threats, and resisting arrest. The charges against his family members were dropped because they failed to show up to testify at a hearing about the December 2016 fracas. A judge has now stated Spadafora must go through drug/alcohol program in jail before he can attempt to get out from his current charges. Spadafora won the vacant International Boxing Federation lightweight belt in 1999 but surrendered the title in 2003.


Robert Brizel: “You are now 43 years old.”


Angel Manfredy: “42 years old!”


Robert Brizel: “You finished with a record of 43-8-1.”


Angel Manfredy: “With 32 knockouts!”


Robert Brizel: “Have you ever considered make a comeback to end your career with a win. Are you in fighting condition? Do you work out?”


Angel Manfredy: “It takes me three to five months to get in top shape. I’m only (160 pounds) now.


Robert Brizel: “You had some medical issues in the past. “


Angel Manfredy: “I’ve been good lately. It’s been years since something happened to me and I got out of hand.”


Robert Brizel: “Would you like to make a comeback?”


Angel Manfredy: “The only one I’d come back to fight is Mayweather if the money is right. I’d only come back for one person (Floyd). This is America. I’m 42 (years old). Mayweather’s 40.”


Robert Brizel: “You’d have to win some comeback fights to pursue that dream.”


Angel Manfredy: “I’ve been active teaching (training fighters), watching fights, so I’m still alive around the game.”


Robert Brizel: “Has anybody offered you the chance to make a comeback?”


Angel Manfredy: “Top Rank asked me if I would come back. They said ‘we want you’. Recently. Everybody wants me to come back. It’s not about the money. It’s about respect, and if the world want to see Manfredy back in the ring and on TV, it’s about respect.”


Robert Brizel: “So are you training any fighters?”


Angel Manfredy: “I’ve got some amateurs.”


Robert Brizel: “What gym are you using?”


Angel Manfredy: “Carr’s boxing gym. Ricky Carr (it is Ricky Carr’s gym), he’s an ex-pro fighter. The gym is located in Crown Point, Indiana. Ricky Carr is a big fan of mine, we clicked, and he hired me to work in his gym.”


Robert Brizel: “Tell me about, let’s take a look at the Book of Acts Chapter 2 Verse 238.”


Angel Manfredy:  “That’s where Salvation is.”


Robert Brizel: “You used to wear Jesus on the front of your boxing trunks. Has spirituality turned your life around?”


Angel Manfredy: “Yeah. Without the lord I wouldn’t be here. Without the lord I wouldn’t be here. Ever when I was (fought as) ‘El Diablo’ (my old nickname), he (Jesus) was there with me.”



Robert Brizel: “The Book of Acts, Chapter 2, Verse 238, King James, international version of The New Testament says, says, Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’. Why is this particular passage significant to you today?”


Angel Manfredy: “It’s my salvation. It how you get born again. It’s how you get born again. There is no other way. I wore it on my trucks. That’s how I go to Jesus.”


Robert Brizel: “If and when you return inside the ring again, will Chapter 2, Version 238, appear on your boxing trunks?”


Angel Manfredy: “Yeah. I’ll have to get new trunks.”


Robert Brizel: “If you did return to the ring for a comeback bout or comeback bouts, how many rounds would it take you to break them down?”


Angel Manfredy: “I’d break them down easy. I have too much experience. I wouldn’t fight six rounds. Ten (rounds, I’m a 10 and 12 round fighter).”


Robert Brizel: “So the fights would have to be very serious?”


Angel Manfredy: “Yes. Or why do it?”




Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.