RAFAEL MENDOZA, 1937-2018
According to the WBC, Hall of Fame manager/ advisor Rafael Mendoza, has died in Guadalajara at the age of 80. Rafael was born on April 21, 1937 in Mérida, Yucatán. His deep, intuitive, wide knowledge of boxing coupled with his tireless activity, distinguished him as one of the perceptive very best. He was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York and in the Los Angeles, California Hall of Fame. As a journalist, he served in the Diario Esto and various publications on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Rafael also had a Bachelor degree in Psychology, a profession he also practiced most of his life. He astutely, humanely and kindly analysed all the people, especially throughout boxing, and his comments about them were made with his neighbors, and among them the one who writes this.
Rafael helped direct the careers of: Miguel Canto, Pipino Cuevas, Humberto González, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in his earliest stage, Oscar "Chololo" Larios, Daniel Zaragoza, Gilberto Roman. Rafael also played an important part in boosting the careers of several promoters, including: "Tutico" Zavala and Ricardo Maldonado, who tomorrow will present a card in Mexico. The last event in which Rafael generously and selflessly helped.
Rafael had a very close and excellent friendship with the World Boxing Council and especially with Presidents José and Mauricio Sulaimán.
A man of great intelligence, wit, humour and energy, Rafael fell in love with boxing from his youth and became an expert. He was journalist, manager, promoter, and historian among a multitude of facets and aspects.
Rafael Mendoza will be always remembered adored and cherished by his Wife, Mrs. Martha Esperon, his Daughters Macarena and Mariana, as well as his two grandchildren....the greatest treasures of his very full, rich, memorable and wonderful life. Boxingtalk joins the WBC in sending its condokences to the friends and family of boxing Hall of Famer Rafael Mendoza.