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First Openly Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz Proposes To Boyfriend On Facebook

orlando-cruz-bfFeatherweight 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!

Photo: Twitter

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Aug 15, 2013
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    • Shadeaux

      WONDERFUL! Cute couple. Congratz to them!!!

      Aug 15, 2013 at 8:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aries3dc

      This man proposed to his partner on Facebook?!? Dear God, help us!

      Aug 15, 2013 at 9:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38

      @Aries3dc: I sort of had the same reaction. I don’t like public proposals but good for them. Wish them the best. And Tom if your reading this a silver ring over dinner is good enough for me ;)

      Aug 15, 2013 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol

      Qué buen chévere! Congratulations to both of them, and I hope they have a very happy life together!

      Aug 15, 2013 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gigi Gee
      Gigi Gee

      ¡Felicidades chicos!

      Aug 15, 2013 at 11:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mattsy

      attention whores

      Aug 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John

      Luv u guys

      Aug 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • deltabadhand

      Weird. I am a FB friend to Orlando, (don’t actually know him) and I never saw him propose in his feed video or otherwise. I only saw him announce afterwards when dude had said yes and then Orlando changed his relationship status to “Engaged”. I guess I could have missed it…

      Aug 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mz.sam

      @Aries3dc: God has nothing to do with it if the happy couple are Atheists…no matter, to each his own.
      Bravo and Felicidades, guys!!!

      Aug 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PJ

      @deltabadhand: I think the video was actually a private video that somehow ended up beinon the net.

      Anyway, a facebook video wouldn’t be the way I propose to someone, but he said yes so the rest doesn’t really matter.

      Aug 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo

      Cooooool beans! Absolute best wishes to the happy couple and a long wedded life to the happy guys!

      Aug 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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