Featherweight Orlando “The Phenomenon” Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer in the history of the sport, proposed to his longtime boyfriend José Manuel via a public Facebook video.
In the video, which for some reason is no longer available, Cruz expressed his love for Manuel, as translated by NBC Latino:
I wanted to tell you how much I need you and how much I miss you. I know you are a person that means a lot to me and that supports my career and respects it which is very important, but above all you are always there giving me that push that I need. Now more than ever that I have an important fight coming up for the World Championship. I want to tell you that you are a very special person in my life. I am a little nervous, but I want to tell you and share with your friends and my friends if you want to marry me. I want you to be part of my life and me be part of yours.
Manuel responded with a video of his own, accepting the proposal:
I want to say yes. I accept marrying you because I love you and adore you. Yes, I do want to marry you because I love you, I love you, I love you very much. We will keep going forward and you will see how happy we will be. I love you papi from my heart.
It’s gonna be hard slipping a wedding band over those boxing gloves, but true love, as we all know, conquers all. Mazel, kids!