October 16th, 2013 By Manny CaballeroEMILE GRIFFITH ON GAY & KILLING BENNY PARET
Orlando, FL- “I kill a man,” former world champion Emile Griffith said, “and most people understand and forgive me. I love a man, and to so many people this is an unforgivable sin.” In some ways that’s how Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) must have felt after he was assailed in the Puerto Rican media just days prior to the fight due to a picture of his Saturday night fighting attire against Orlando Salido.
A LOT OF HUMANS HATE GAY HUMANS
Then the US media piled on. This was highlighted when HBO’s Jim Lampley popped off about the way Cruz looking up at the heavens as some sign of weakness when Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) did it throughout his career, paying homage to a mother who died of cancer. At the end of the day, the people who defended him know history and Civil Rights. Look, we got flags with weed on the jersey of some sports teams. All the fighter was trying to say is that, “I’m proud of who I am and my nationality.” Again, at the end of the day what in the hell is wrong with that?
GAY PUERTO RICAN VS. STRAIGHT MEXICAN FIGHT DREW HEAT
Salido looked drain at the weight in, but on fight night looked strong once the fight started one could see the stronger man was Orlando Salido (40-12-2-1, 28 KOs), who came with his signature punch that works well against lefties, a well timed right hand, yes, the same punch he used to destroy Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs). Coupled with a good body attack against Cruz, who was trying to use the ring and his edge in foot speed to keep the Mexican from getting in and working him both up and down. It ended when the underrated Mexican mauler stopped Cruz in round seven. Gay, straight, Cruz did what all fighters that want to win do when they aren’t given a choice, the Puerto Rican stood and fought the bigger man instead of giving up and losing pretty. In closing, classy Orlando took his whipping and got my respect. Oh, and those hateful and distasteful blogs here at RingTalk.com on Cruz and gays, got way out of hand. It wasn’t enough that a brave man got beat, some felt the need to berate in a vile manner Cruz afterwards as well.
Mad Manny” Caballero