Oct 16, 2019

First transgender pro boxer Patricio Manuel is new face of Everlast

Patricio Manuel
Photo courtesy Everlast

Last December, Patricio Manuel became the world's first transgender boxer to compete in a pro fight — which he won. He's now the new face of Everlast, one of the pre-eminent and oldest brands in boxing.

The journey: Manuel, 34, won 5 national amateur championships as a female competitor before transitioning in 2013 — a decision that cost him his coach, his gym and some friends, but allowed him to finally live his truth.

What he's saying:

"Before I found boxing, I didn't have the words or the language to describe what was going on with me. There were so many parts of my identity that I didn't have access to until I put on those gloves."
"I don't know who I would be if I had never gotten into the ring. It was the first place where I really felt like I was a winner and it's given me an immense sense of pride and camaraderie that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life."
— Patricio Manuel tells Axios

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