Carlos Monzón: Chain Smoker, Boxing Champion, and International Playboy

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Carlos Monzón: Chain Smoker, Boxing Champion, and International Playboy

Contrary to popular modern day belief, we have proven over at The G Manifesto that all the Greatest Athletes throughout history were smokers.

Possibly the greatest of all, was Carlos Monzón. For the young up-and-coming G’s on the rise out there who don’t know their International Playboy history, Carlos Monzón was arguably the greatest middleweight Champion of all time, along with other G Manifesto Hall of Fame Members, Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Robinson.

Not suprisingly, Carlos Monzón was also a top notch International Playboy and traveled the world with Argentine and Italian models and actresses.

Let’s break down this G a little as there is a lot to learn from Carlos Monzón:

On Carlos Monzón’s Stamina and Training Habits:

Monzon’s stamina was probably his most impressive and illogical asset, since he was ever bit as proficient as Stanley Ketchel and Harry Greb at taking the rule book and throwing it out of the window. Ketchel invariably whiled away his leisure time by drinking and whoring out on the old Barbary Coast. Greb was a walking encyclopaedia on the best nightclubs and pool halls in any given town.

Monzon kept his body beautiful in trim by resting it horizontally against any passably attractive woman and by blow-torching his lungs with up to a hundred cigarettes a day. His nicotine intake would decrease by an impressive fifty a day when he got down to serious training, including a few smokes on the run to relieve the tedium of roadwork.

Author George Diaz Smith wrote of Carlos, “A guy like Ricardo Mayorga (another G Manifesto Hall of Fame Member) would be a novice compared to the likes of the iron lunged Monzon. Nobody could figure this out. For all of the years that I’d seen him, Monzon never gasped for air, tired or opened his mouth gagging for oxygen in any round.”

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On Carlos Monzón’s Confidence:

“There was an arrogance, even an insolence about Monzon. He carried himself like a winner. I was in the office of the promoter, Rodolfo Sabbatini in Rome with my wife of the time when Monzon strolled in, impeccable in a white suit, bronzed skin, smoking a cigarette, looking as if he had walked in off the set of a Federico Fellini film.

“He was a very cool looking guy and obviously a man absolutely full of confidence. He was one of those boxers who entered the ring as if he KNEW he was going to win, just a matter of how he did it.

“Although very good at long range, Monzon could bring up shorter punches. My memory tells me that he really hurt Jose Napoles with a right to the body in Paris. Although that fight was officially stopped because Napoles was cut, believe me, Angelo Dundee was glad to get his guy out of there because Jose was starting to get destroyed.”



On Carlos Monzón being an International Playboy:

When Monzon shocked the boxing world by winning the World Middleweight Title by knocking out Nino Benvenuti, people rubbed their heads and said, “Carlos Who?!” Fame and fortune were now his. His ego and temper grew. Even though he was married, he had countless romances on the side. Actress Suzanna Gimenez was seen with him. Monzon acted in eight Italian and French films, including starring in the movie, EL MACHO. He jet-setted with movie star Alain Delon. He kept winning and winning. He survived a gun shot to the shoulder from his wife; an accident they said.

He was accused of breaking a reporter’s jaw. He was friendly only with the elite of the elite. He had a soft spot for Bennie Briscoe and always greeted his arch-rival with a big smile and firm handshake. He retired undefeated over the last thirteen years of his career. In retirement boredom set in and so did his demons. Caught up in the party lifestyle, it came crashing down when he was convicted of killing his common-law-wife.


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Tribute to Carlos “escopeta” Monzon

I like the fellow
who in the heat of battle
was able to plant our flag
in the toughest terrain.
Champion in his game,
confident in his ability,
he saw the vultures grouping,
chased them with his hat
and seared them with his poncho

If you go forward tenaciously
you’ll struggle through with your message,
even though your wagon gets stuck
and the cattle crush you.
There’s nothing wrong with the man
who wears out his knife
defending his honor.
The coward hands it over to the police
without ever taking it out of its sheath.

Here’s to you, Carlos Monzon.
one hundred percent Santafesino.
the new world champion.
Strength, fists and heart.
From this old tree,
for you a prize of honey
and a laurel wreath.
From your tent a cry of victory,
a woman’s hand in yours,

and a carnation pinned to your lapel.

—JILIO MIGNO, translated by L. Tarabein


Click Here for World boxing champions: Wilfredo Gómez, Carlos Monzón, Wilfred Benítez, Pedro Alcázar, Edwin Rosario, Oscar De La Hoya, Georges Carpentier [

Carlos Monzon breaks Nino Benvenuti

The Rest is Up to You…

Michael Porfirio Mason
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AKA The Sly, Slick and the Wicked
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13 Comments on "Carlos Monzón: Chain Smoker, Boxing Champion, and International Playboy"

  1. The G Manifesto
    25/10/2011 at 9:42 pm Permalink

    I am a kung fu man, not so much boxing but I respect boxers (some). I spend my time training and not making mad cash. My sizzle and urgency and strong inner game helps me swoop mad on the fly, particularly on the chronic tip. I don’t know what it is but ladies launch themselves head first if I’m slightly on the chron, and add that to the power of some fresh laundry, albeit not particularly custom threads on the common, and I do pretty ok. ..But I take the subway/bus, so Sizzle and Urgency works on the quick, but 9’s or 10’s don’t wanna drive around a cat too much without wheels. 6’s will. If I earned cash the way I train, oh maaaaaan…..
    Kung fu/ boxing – best way to set ones inner game proper.

  2. The G Manifesto
    26/10/2011 at 9:31 am Permalink

    This is fly ass site. Thanks for contribution to the International Playboy Club..

  3. The G Manifesto
    27/10/2011 at 9:11 am Permalink

    you know enough about boxing to konw youre talking some stupid shit here. the evidence is clear that chasing women, money and pleasure dont make a champion. monzon is the exception not the rule. smoking cigarettes is a sign of deficient character, weakness.

  4. The G Manifesto
    27/10/2011 at 10:44 am Permalink

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  5. The G Manifesto
    The G Manifesto
    27/10/2011 at 11:44 am Permalink

    J –

    You don’t know enough about boxing to know that he is not the exception.

    I have written about many in the past and will about many more in the future.

    Learn your history before bringing that weak sh*t to the hoop.

    – MPM

  6. The G Manifesto
    27/10/2011 at 3:34 pm Permalink

    tell hagler he lost to leonard because he didnt smoke or whore it up enough. tell marciano he didnt need to go to the extremes he did. while it may fit the purposes of this lifestyle bullshit youre marketing, nobody ever became champ because they smoked cigarettes and lived like a playboy. they may have become champ in spite of their lifestyle, but never because of it.

  7. The G Manifesto
    The G Manifesto
    28/10/2011 at 11:18 am Permalink

    J –

    Leonard was on beeks.

    Thanks for making my point.

    – MPM

  8. The G Manifesto
    John Robie
    29/10/2011 at 1:15 am Permalink

    “He survived a gun shot to the shoulder from his wife; an accident they said.”

    “But he’s a boxer, man! Think about it! He could have dodged the shot! He took it deliberately… this wasn’t an accident!”

    “Oh, come on now. It’s just another one of those accidental gun-toting wife incidents. Happens all the time.”

    TIL about Carlos Monzon. Thanks.

  9. The G Manifesto
    29/10/2011 at 1:24 pm Permalink


    Leonard only did beeks when he retired, because he needed the feeling that boxing gave him, while in the ring.

    I’m pretty sure he stopped drinking and doing blow as soon as he was ready to fight again! I can list sources if you wish


  10. The G Manifesto
    Sex Lifetime
    31/10/2011 at 3:06 pm Permalink

    Wonder what cigs this guy smoked

  11. The G Manifesto
    25/01/2012 at 7:11 pm Permalink

    Gmanifest, 100 cigarettes a day can cause lung cancer


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