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The higher power being called on to help Jackal

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton's cross-community appeal has never been in doubt, and now his manager Barry McGuigan has revealed that a group of nuns have been praying for the two-weight World Champion throughout his career.

McGuigan says he spent time with the nuns during his own glittering career when he rose to become World Featherweight Champion, and has continued to meet with them, at times through some dark periods such as when he lost his brother Dermot to suicide and when his daughter Danika battled cancer.

"Because Carl means so much to me, I talk to them about Carl, they know all about Carl," said McGuigan. "I have faith in God, it's important for me that it is part of my life. I'm never going to be a Bible basher and stick it down people's throats, it's just who I am and I need that because I've had a lot of tribulations in my life.

"I've been going to the nuns for 35 years. They used to be in the Cliftonville Road but their numbers have dwindled and there's only two left - one is 87 and the other 84 and they're now based in Carlow. I go and have a chat with them and ask them how their life is and we talk about Carl - they've been praying for him for a long time."

Frampton said: "It's incredible to think that nuns are praying for a wee lad from Tigers Bay."

McGuigan is impressed with how Frampton is handling the high expectations of him. "Success breeds success but it also puts unbelievable pressure on you. This is the biggest stage in world boxing, Las Vegas, and there's a lot of pressure but he loves pressure - he thrives on it.

"It's great to see the amount of support coming into Vegas to support him and people have made big sacrifices to get here. We even heard about a guy who was ditched by his fiancee because he said he was coming - hopefully they can patch that up!"

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.
Pacemaker Press 12/6/10 Carl Frampton on his way to victory against Ian Bailey at the King' Hall Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 18th September 2010 Barry McGuigan Presents Boxing at The Ulster Hall. Carl Frampton v Yuriy Voronin in 8x3 Min Rounds ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
Carl Frampton fights Yuri Voronin in Ulster Hall, Belfast ©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 18th September 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry
Carl Frampton won the Celtic super-bantamweight title at the Ulster Hall on Friday night against Gavin Reid.
Official title fight for the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight belt between Carl Frampton and Mark Quon at the Odyssey arena, Belfast. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.10/9/11 PACEMAKER BELFAST.
Carl Frampton celebrates successful defence of Commonwealth belt against Kris Hughes
Title delight: Carl Frampton proves his class as he clinches the inter-continental crown against Raul Hirales in May 2012
Boxing Odyssey: Carl Frampton's stoppage of Steve Molitor in Belfast has increased his profile
Last time: Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez during their previous bout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in 2013
Carl in action against Jeremy Parodi in October 2013
Carl Frampton demolishes Hugo Cazares in two rounds back in April 2014
Packing a punch: Carl Frampton lands a blow against Kiko Martinez en route to clinching the IBF World super-bantamweight title at the Titanic slipway last September
Carl Frampton (right) against Chris Avalos in February 2015
First to the punch: Frampton lands a blow on Gonzalez jr during the World title fight in El Paso, Texas PRESSEYE
Carl Frampton fighting Scott Quigg. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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