12.10.2018

First transgender male boxer wins in professional debut

First transgender male boxer wins in professional debut (Photo: Brandon Magpantay, Special to The Desert Sun)

The two scars between his chest and abdomen remain visible, but Patricio Manuel insisted on no special treatment before or during Saturday’s fight. He made that abundantly clear at Friday’s fighters meeting, and even requested that ringside commentators not so much as mention that he was once a woman.

Of course, that was unlikely to happen as that is an enormous part of his story, and why his professional boxing debut on Saturday evening at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California was historic.

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