By Tan Wang
Puerto Rican featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz recently came out of the closet and said he was a “proud gay man”, you have to give Cruz credit for having the courage to admit his true feelings and telling the world while being a currently active boxer in a macho sport that he is homosexual.
Another boxer was in the news a few months ago over the topic of homosexuality, that boxer was none other than Manny Pacquiao, a former Catholic who became a born again Christian, he condemned homosexuality and stirred up some controversy for his remarks.
Imagine if Manny Pacquiao was still a featherweight boxer and he had to face someone like Orlando Cruz who is an openly gay fighter? That would be the most watched boxing match, you would have so many people cheering for Cruz to knockout Pacquiao, it would be just desserts if Cruz would have KO Pacquiao after his remarks.
Cruz vs. Pacquiao would be one of those dream matches, I would favor Cruz because he has more skills and more power than Manny Pacquiao had at featherweight, plus he would be motivated by Pacquiao’s comments against homosexual marriage.
On the topic of homosexuality in boxing, there was a hall of fame boxer who was in the closet years ago named Emile Griffith basically killed a man with his fists in the ring, Benny Paret called Griffith a Maricon in Spanish which means a derogatory word describing homosexuals, and it infuriated Griffith to the point when he had Paret out on his feet being held up by the ropes he didn’t stop punching, he kept hitting Paret over and over until the referee stopped the fight too late. The Griffith vs. Paret bought was one of the most tragic bouts in the history of boxing, and it goes to show you that personal attacks can cause anger.
Good luck to Orlando Cruz and his career and props to him for being honest with himself and everyone else.
Video of Orlando Cruz one punch KO power
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