Inside the squared circle Ray “Merciless” Mercer has accomplished things that most fighters dream of but will never see come into fruition. In addition to winning a Gold Medal at the 1988 Olympics, Mercer has held the WBO and NABF Heavyweight titles, and has gone to battle with countless future hall of famers.
This past weekend Mercer was a special guest to the inductee ceremony at the International Boxing Hall of Fame—a place the fighters hopes he will be returning to soon to see his name join the legacy of so many who have contributed to the sweet science.
“This past weekend was awesome; being there and seeing Tommy Hearns, Al Bernstein, Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Michael Katz, Michael Buffer and Freddie Roach get inducted into the hall of fame. It was one of the best experiences of my life,” said Mercer.
“Getting inducted into the Hall of Fame would complete my career,” said Mercer. I’ve won the Gold Medal and heavyweight championship, but that would truly be great. It would make my parents, friends and fans all over proud.”
Retired from the gloved sport since 2008, Mercer has been actively working with Find A Dream—a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that reaches out to community children and provides them a healthy channel to find and work towards fulfilling a dream—the boxer has been working hard to spread awareness about the importance of providing a sanction for inner city kids to work toward a positive goal.
In recent months Find A Dream has been focusing on putting together an all-star team to help spread awareness throughout the country and help enrich the lives of inner city youth by providing them with boxing, martial arts, computer and educational programs. They recently have secured a building for their newest facility which they will be opening up shortly in South Carolina, and are focusing their efforts on opening up several other locations.
Mercer shares company with an elite team at Find A Dream, UFC legend and Hall-of-Famer Dan “The Beast” Severn, cruiserweight boxer Bobby Czyz, heavyweight KO artist Don Steele and actor Quinton Aaron, amongst several others.
In 2012 Find A Dream is striving to continue to expand and impact the lives of children throughout various communities. Find A Dream plans to spread their word through boxing and MMA events, car shows, cook-offs, concerts and more in hopes of reaching out to communities and bringing awareness of the necessity to work towards enriching the lives of our youths.
Find A Dream is a nonprofit organization unlike any other. We have partnered with professionals to deliver on our promise of positive change in young lives. Our communities become stronger when our youth is mentored through people of character with a true interest in pouring constructive, character-building activities and input into their lives.
To learn more about Find A Dream or become a sponsor or volunteer, visit www.findadream.org