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!
WONDERFUL! Cute couple. Congratz to them!!!
This man proposed to his partner on Facebook?!? Dear God, help us!
@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 😉
Qué buen chévere! Congratulations to both of them, and I hope they have a very happy life together!
Luv u guys
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…
@Aries3dc: God has nothing to do with it if the happy couple are Atheists…no matter, to each his own.
Bravo and Felicidades, guys!!!
@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.
Cooooool beans! Absolute best wishes to the happy couple and a long wedded life to the happy guys!
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