Feature | Premium | Apr 16 2019

Fifteen years after his last fight Angel Manfredy is lucky to be alive

After a three-day cocaine binge, Angel Manfredy picked up a gun with the intention of blowing his brains out. He speaks to Rolando Vitale
Angel Manfredy
Manfredy with David Diaz and Montell Griffin

IT has been a hell of a ride for Angel Manfredy. Formerly known as “El Diablo” (The Devil), Manfredy, the Indiana-born son of Puerto Rican immigrants, lived on the edge and freely admits he should have been dead. The drug-fuelled parties, cocaine addiction, the liquor, the women, the public choking of his girlfriend resulting in jail time and 12 car accidents culminating in a near fatal smash and disfigurement, is a permanent reminder of his hell-raiser days. Inside the ring Manfredy met and beat six world champions and his signature win against Arturo Gatti brought him fame during the late 1990s. He came out the wrong end of four world title bouts against Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Stevie Johnston, Diego Corrales and Paul Spadafora but is proud of the WBU strap he owned. His discovery of faith through a deep religious experience brought the tormented soul back from the brink of self-destruction.

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