Mora realizing the effects of winning

first_img Said Mora’s adviser, John Montelongo: “I have seen him become a lot busier, as far as doing interviews on radio stations, traveling.’ Mora may be the same person, but his status as a prize fighter has reached a higher level. Manfredo was the only world-ranked fighter in “The Contender,’ so Mora’s victory was huge. He won the seven- round middleweight fight by scores of 70-63, 69-64 and 68-65. Mora said Thursday he is hopeful Manfredo has something new to offer tonight. “I want him to really try his hardest, so he can bring out the best in me,’ Mora said. “If he really goes out there and tries to win, I can actually hurt him earlier. “I hope he brings something different to the table.’ Another victory over Manfredo would further elevate Mora in the eyes of many. Mora said he has looked ahead to 2006, but not beyond. “I definitely want to crack the top 10 in the next year,’ he said. “And I want to fight two opponents in the top 10 to really solidify that ranking.’ Mora is ranked No. 20 by the World Boxing Council. Robert Morales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I put in three bids on three different houses, and I got out-bid on all three,’ said Mora, of Los Angeles via Montebello. “I am realizing that $1 million ain’t much, not if you want to buy a house in L.A.’ Perhaps Mora can get that house if his career continues to blossom. He will take on Manfredo tonight at Staples Center in a rematch of their finale in “The Contender.’ A couple of things have happened in the life of Sergio Mora since he defeated Peter Manfredo Jr. to win the championship in “The Contender’ last May at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mora’s celebrity has grown, and he’s come to realize that winning the $1 million purse for defeating Manfredo does not make him a rich man not in this town. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Other fighters who participated in “The Contender,’ a reality series that aired on NBC, will also be on this card, which will be held under the Contender promotional banner. It is a prelude to the second season of “The Contender,’ which was dropped by NBC but has been picked up by ESPN, who will televise tonight’s event. Mora, 24, is 16-0 with three knockouts. Manfredo, 24, is from Providence, R.I. and is 24-2 with 10 knockouts. Prior to winning the $1 million, Mora’s biggest purse had been $7,000. He was known somewhat locally, but that has all changed. “When people see that you are actually doing something, that you have achieved something, whether you want to call it popularity or celebrity, people around you change,’ Mora said. “But the people who are loyal to you, they don’t change. They are the ones who keep you grounded. That is what reminds me to say, `You are the same person.” last_img