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Manfredo, Malignaggi: Italian glove stories

Italian Americans have a rich history in boxing, and some of the latest examples will be showcased on ESPN this weekend.

Originally Published: February 8, 2006
By Joe Tessitore | Special to ESPN.com

Let me get it out of the way. Yes, I am an Italian American. My name screams it, and if you tune into any ESPN show I am broadcasting, surely it doesn't take more than a quick look to confirm it.

My people have celebrated, and cringed a few times, as pro boxing and our Italian culture have danced together through the last 60 years of American sports history. Willie Pep's sterling defense, Rocky Marciano's undefeated glory, Ray Mancini's heartwarming realization of his father's dreams, Rocky ...

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