Most of us agree that to be a successful pugilist (Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Anthony Joshua, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson and the Ugandan John Mugabi) is no mean job. There are three primary actors one needs to make it in the ring of life, just as it is with boxing. They are the trainer, the manager and the promoter.
The trainer will ensure that you are suitably decked for the challenge; by building on your strength and helping you improve on your weak areas. He will encourage you to stretch past the physical limits, cheer you on as you hit the gymnasium and correct you when you miss the point. Trainers are people to keep for they are rare to come by.
The manager will speak for you, help you seek out competitions and opportunities, help you identify loopholes and seal them, and overall keep a watchful eye on your progress while helping create necessary networks. Managers are sent from heaven, for very few can do their work. Constantine “Cus” D’Amato was both a trainer and a manager for Mike Tyson, and boxing fans opine that his demise was the outset of Tyson’s miseries.
A promoter will pick you from the crowd as a talent. His work is to scout for talents, pluck them from the crowd and crown them with highly paid matches. Always thank God for the people who picked you from the drudgery and nurtured you to become who you are.
A boxer’s work is to engage the three individuals diligently. To consistently, persistently and insistently follow their advice.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV).