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“Some dismiss Manny as a “homer,” but they’re missing the point. They don’t get what Manny Montreal is all about. Because Manny is a fan, first and foremost, a passionate and knowledgeable fan, who, with a wing, a prayer, and some low-budget video equipment, is living every fight fan’s dream: hanging out at the gyms; taking ringside seats at the fights; following champion boxers to the ring and into their dressing rooms; having his say at the press conferences; shaking hands with people he admires, guys like Harold Lederman, David Loiseau and Bernard Hopkins. And representing the city he loves, the fighters he loves, to anyone who will pay attention.
And between all that, the man has to eat, so finding sponsors is the name of the game. Because, contrary to the speculation and the chatter on the street, not that many are putting money in Manny’s pocket for all his hard work. The dude had to hustle like crazy to make D.C. happen (“Thanks again to my sponsors …”), and if he wants to keep living the dream of every serious “boxinghead,” he’s gonna have to hustle some more.
As he says to Badou Jack in the video (no doubt hoping, as the “homer” he is, for a Bute vs Jack rematch): “Hopefully we’ll see you again. And everybody makes money.” The key word being “hopefully,” as there are stretches when hope alone has to get Manny through his days. That and his unwavering love for The Fight City.”
From The Legend of Manny Montreal by Robert Portis