Away from the ring, she is all excited about the biopic being made on her life which has National award winning actor Priyanka Chopra portraying her on screen.
"I was first told about the idea of a film on me during the London Olympics and my first reaction was that 'it's a joke'. But now
that is being made, I am very excited and happy about it," she said.
"As a Manipuri, I am very proud to be the first from my region on whom a Bollywood film is being made."
Asked if she considers Chopra, who is not from the north-east, the right choice depicting her life, Mary said, "Absolutely, she is the right choice. "The Director (Omang Kumar) knows best and he has the experience to decide the right person for the role. I personally feel Priyanka is the correct choice. She is very sweet, simple and kind," Mary said of the actress, who recently visited her for two days as part of her preparations for the role.
"She visited my home town and got a feel of the life here. I hope she can translate it well on the screen. She was eager to know about me, my life and struggles, how I talk, she wanted to know everything," recalled Mary.
But has she seen any of Chopra's long list of movies? "Oh yes! I have seen most of them and I appreciate her talent. She is a good actor. When I met her, I realised we had similar upbringings and tastes," opined the diminutive boxer.
Talking of biopics, Mary was glad to see the legendary Milkha Singh's life coming on the silver screen recently in, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. "That guy, Farhan Akhtar (the film's lead) actually looks like Milkha. I was amazed," she said.