October 8th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

Boxer comes out fighting

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN

Boxer Orlando Cruz is one tough man.

He had 179 wins and just 10 losses as an amateur and boxed for Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He went 17-0-1 in his first 18 professional fights, earning him the nickname El Fenomeno (The Phenom). He now boasts a pro record of 18-2-1, with 9 knockouts. He owns championship belts from the World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Association and is the fourth-ranked fighter in the WBO's featherweight (126-pound) class.

He has bulging biceps, a chiseled chest, a brilliant smile and a lot of mean-looking tattoos.

And last week he let the world know he's gay.

"It's 12 years I'm waiting (to approach) this subject," Cruz, 31, told CNN. "It's amazing, you know? I'm happy."

He said he made sure he had informed and gained the support of his family, friends, ex-boyfriends, teammates, manager and promoter before coming out.

"I have always been and always will be a proud gay man," he said in a public announcement on October 3, according to Time.com.

Orlando Cruz becomes the first openly gay professional boxer

Public reaction - including from fellow Puerto Rican boxing champion Miguel Cotto - has been positive and encouraging, he said.

Cotto told him, "It's OK, Orlando. I support you. It's good. It's your decision, and I respect your decision," Cruz said.

He said he's also received support and guidance from high-profile gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano and singer Ricky Martin.

"Wow. Ricky Martin," Cruz said with a smile. "Two days ago he called and texted me, 'Relax, Orlando. I support you. It's OK, don't worry.'"

Cruz is scheduled to fight Jorge Pazos (20-4-0) on October 19 in Kissimmee, Florida, for the WBO Latino featherweight title.

"This is the new Orlando. This is the new Orlando 'Phenom' Cruz," he told CNN. "I'm ready and hungry for victory."

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  1. joeymarine

    before i go just want to say RomneyRyan 2012 once more!

    October 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Felix

    You lost me at Judge Judy.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scottsteiner

    what about that gay coach that molested sugar ray leonard? i keep telling people this gay thing is going to backfire on us...well really our kids. because they will be the ones getting touched...we should use the "salem" concept when it comes to gays...

    October 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. danny

    seems like it'll be hard to knock this guy out...given his high threshold for pain...

    October 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HillSlug98239

    I think we can all rest assured that "joeymarine" is not an active duty Marine. He's spending far too much time posting things on an on-line comment board.

    October 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeymarine

      you sound stupid. i've been doing this for 18+ years now. its 321 and as we speak i have a little more than 30 mintues before i leave work. obviously you have never been in the military because most of the time stateside is spent behind a computer. Since im a senior nco, all i do is surf the net all day. i retire in two years then i wont be active duty but i'll still get a retirement check forever...sucks to be you.

      October 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chris ebron

    i hate to say it but Hailey motts made a strong point...never thought about it like that...

    October 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. EndTheHate

    Can anyone give a specific example of how gay marriage harms America or straight marriage in any way?

    Please only rational, factual and logical responses.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • evan

      marriage is a man-made concept created by humans and is meant to be between a man and woman, it has been so for thousands upon thousands of years. Why should it change? give gays the same rights dont call it marriage.

      October 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • EndTheHate

        Now try to answer my question as asked instead of trying to deflect attention away from the fact that you can't...

        October 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haily Motts

      you do know what a human is right? okay knowing this think about your own parents. Think if one of them were gay I would not be replying to your post right now because you wouldn't exist. Gay marriage does not harm straight marriage OR america in any warm. but it does, in fact, harm humanity.

      October 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Haily Motts

        Break down the word procreation. PRO-CREATION. you can NOT create another human being through gay marriage. two women together or two men together CAN NOT CREATE ANOTHER HUMAN no matter how much they "love" each other. If humans are to exist for lets say the next thousand years...think how that would be possible in a world of 100% gay people. It wouldn't. It couldn't. Human race would die of in 75 years tops and only animals would be here. Animals are not gay. Nowhere else in nature does that mentality exist. Only us humans.

        October 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • mike wilinski

        spoken like a person who truly understands humanity...way to go haily!

        October 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • sabrina mitch

        well said...i agree 100%

        October 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • jed tompkins

        I personally have no problems with gay people getting married. I was married for 12 years and I hated it so if they want to deal with that mess then more power to them. But from a humanity point of view as haily points out it harms us. i really dont see a point in it just some guys that want to poke each other. at the end of the day the CORE of humanity will always be 1 man, 1 woman. thats how humanity still exist today. imagine if everyone who was born after 1800 were completely gay...2012 we would be look at a pretty empty world except for the animals.

        October 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • snap88

        Not every human that marries has children, marriage isn't about having children, now imagine if every gay person on earth were straight and pro-creating...BOOM! Population explosion...Our schools are a wreck as it is not to mention how many more starving, neglected or abused children could society handle? IMO, the world would be very grey and dull and full of unimaginitive status quo (borrring) without the added color and creativity of gay people. Think art, fashion, entertainment, marketing, design the list goes on and on...and now even includes boxing!!! To be against equal rights for gay people is to be on the wrong side of history for sure. I'm thrilled to see that the topic of gay marriage has surpassed the ignorant arguement of "what they do in the bedroom" and has progressed to a more mature and intelligent discussion of what it means to love another human being. The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and they don't give a damn if a person is gay, and why should they? Get over yourself Haily Motts...and turn the page. (and im not talking about your bible)...

        January 16, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • tyler bernard

      its nasty period point blank. any MAN that would want to stick his penis inside another man is absolutely sick...no other way to see it. also he can consider himself much of a MAN at all...

      October 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • brandon dawson

        i think we should all leave the gays alone. if a man wants another man cool...more WOMEN for me!!!!!!!! HA!

        October 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felix

      There is no logical, reasonable answer.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • tyler bernard

        how about you make a statement of your own or stop nitpicking others

        October 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • EndTheHate

        We have a winner!!!!!!!!!!

        Congratulations Felix!

        October 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • tyler bernard

        thats not the answers...sorry try again.

        October 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KJ

    Bye!! We don't want you...

    October 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KJ

    Lennox Lewis was too, he's not the first gay boxer, just the first to come out about it.....Also, my personal opinion is that he just wants attention...I'm an avid fan of boxing and even I don't really know who he is cause noone cares about the featherweight class.... No such thing as bad publicity.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felix

      If you don't care about the Featherweights then you aren't a real avid boxing fan like you claim to be.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Felix

      Lennox Lewis should sue you for slander.

      October 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. K

    I'm pretty sure everyone has already realized you are just making stuff up.

    October 9, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • K

      This was in response to Joeyt he marine

      October 9, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. jake

    I wouldn't count your eggs before they hatch. I am prior military and reported an O-4 and a E-6 for some inappropriate behavior along with a bunch of other things, needless to say both were court martialed, not every enlisted member is dumb, some of us know how to collect evidence and facts. You may think you are hiding who you really are, but there is always someone looking over your shoulder. People talk and speculate and you can't always cover your trail. Your over inflated ego will be your down fall. Tread lightly, because sooner or later your actions will catch up with you.

    October 9, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Patti in Dallas

      So, are you saying that you have experience in spearheading witchhunts to root out gay servicemembers in the U.S. military?

      October 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jake

        Not at all. I was a gay service member!

        October 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JM

    Freedom still exist in America, including the freedom to stay ignorant and troll the blogs. One comment should always suffice, but useless rants, political shout outs, and hatred spewed like a drunk football fan at a college hometown game night are past thewir prime. All the cool kids have moved on to more meaningful things to do that actually can help America. Grow up. Please. Thanks. Congrats to the boxer. It:s liberating not having to hide any longer.

    October 9, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alexalex

    @joey marine he's puerto to an he's born with us citizenship

    October 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. david

    complete and total moron

    October 9, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. joeymarine

    the "man" has 2 loses on his record. he wont be beating up any REAL MAN. Besides, all hs wins were against other gay boxers lol

    October 9, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      Thanks for holding up the old stereotype of marines letting any moron in.......

      October 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      Just shut up? Not smart enough for a comeback? Hence why I didn't join the marines and it was probably the only branch that would take you....

      October 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. joeymarine

    joke is not on me because i get paid very well with your tax dollars. and at the same time it is my RIGHT to dislike whoever i want. so jokes on you to keep paying me until 2014!

    October 9, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  17. Zie2232

    @Joeymarine no one cares what your rank is in the marines!! Or what u think about blacks and gays! Vote OBAMA 2012!

    October 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  18. joeymarine

    seriously is cruz in america legally?

    October 9, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. katie corey

    I don't have a problem with him being gay in any way, shape or form. I am glad for his peace of mind that he came out. My problem is that as anyone who watches professional fighting knows, there is a LOT of blood – has he considered that if he bleeds and is HIV positive that the fighter he is in the ring with is being exposed to HIV/Aids?

    Since HIV/Aids is transmitted through blood, I would not be willing to take that risk to be in a ring with him.

    October 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • marabou22

      Some of you folks really have an antiquated understanding of AIDS in Gay Men. Not every gay man has AIDS. In fact most don't. Yes it started in the gay community. Plenty of Straight men have aids. I'm gay and live in NYC and none of the gay men I know have AIDS and yes they get tested.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Jack 2

        It's still the highest risk group. If I were a boxer i wouldn't box him for that reason. Maybe they should have a gay division.

        October 9, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • bigot

      Ignorance....you dont think the WBO tests for these diseases?

      October 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • New Generation

      Actually gay males are not the highest risk group for HIV and AIDS. In fact, the group of people that are at highest risk are STRAIGHT African American men. The virus spread to the straight community, and since MOST gay men are responsible and get tested, the numbers of exposure and infection dropped significantly below the overall straight population. So if anything, I would be more nervous boxing the black man opposite me than the gay man who is statistically more aware of his health and disease status. IGNORANCE IS BLISS...YOU MUST ALL BE A LITTLE LESS HAPPY NOW...

      October 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. joeymarine

    cruz would probably like the MMA better...lots of holding...

    October 9, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  21. the_dude

    Hopefully they have a good aids testing policy for professional boxers.

    October 9, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • bigot

      google is your friend.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  22. joe

    Its well known that jesus was gay. "He took a young boy wrapped in linen cloth into his bed room and emerged the next day". Not only was he gay he was a sandusky.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  23. joeymarine

    romney ryan 2012

    October 9, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  24. db3

    thank you for adding Romney/Ryan 2012 after each of your moronic posts so at least people can see what type of trash are supporting the Republican ticket. Keep up the good work.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  25. Leslie

    Read the Bible again. Jesus would not vote. Period.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  26. sami

    I can't stop laughing!!

    October 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  27. Nikki

    Romney2012, its people like you that give the rest of us a bad name! I am a Republican and Christian. I don't feel the need to spew such nastiness and quite frankly, I don't think God would approve of it either. If you don't have something nice to say...don't say anything at all...PLEASE!

    October 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  28. EJBMadison

    Hooking red herrings is no way to go through life, folks. Well-played Romney 2012.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  29. browcarey

    Romney2012, I say this with as much love as I can, and I speak as an ordained minister of more than 30 years experience: You epitomize the ignorance of some religious people. Not a word of what you said is true. So sad.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  30. Chickenspit

    This is crazy. This should be about Mr. Cruz.

    Congrats Mr. Cruz! So happy you can finally be yourself. You're an inspiration to so many for being brave enough to stand up for what's right. I wish you all the best!!!

    October 9, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • American

      Wheeee... I just love it when I am in the clinch with my opponent!

      October 9, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack 2

      Oh yes, it's sp inspiring when a person anounces that they are gay...This country is becoming so sick that you think something like that is positive. I think you're a little sick for thinking that.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Dean

        You -> >:*(
        Keep on pouting, this stuff is only going to become more common in the future.
        Congratulations to Mr Cruz.

        October 9, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • bigot

      "This country is becoming so sick that you think something like that is positive."

      And you are just as sick, if not more so, to think that someone finally coming out and professing their ho...mo....se....x.....uality to the world is negative.

      October 9, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. Rick

    Bad troll is bad

    October 9, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  32. Chickenspit

    Romney2012, you are a joke who's looking for attention any way you can. I don't believe for a second you believe what you're saying. Are you related to Ann Coulter?

    October 9, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  33. tekstep1

    You actually think Jesus would vote for Romney? After the money lenders at the temple? After the camel through the eye of the needle quote? And especially for breaking the ten commandments?

    October 9, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  34. MSB

    What freedoms are you referring to? What exactly has President Obama done to America?

    October 9, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • joeymarine

      he ruined it!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 9, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. Ms. M

    Really, how can one man 'fix' people!!! Romney is NOT even a Christian!! Only God can bring people out of any and all issues.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  36. TheCorrector

    From a previous comment: "You can always tell who secretly has gay tendencies. Simply observe how strongly they try to condemn gays. It's very telling and speaks volumes about them!"

    Any other commenters on here come to mind? JOEYMARINE perhaps?? AKA the closet pole smoker! hehehe

    October 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  37. Dan Halen

    Another example of why the Marines should not take folks with only a GED.

    October 9, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  38. How You Can Tell

    You can always tell who secretly has gay tendencies. Simply observe how strongly they try to condemn gays. It's very telling and speaks volumes about them!

    October 9, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • nottolate

      Your comment speaks volumes about how ridiculous your mindset is in that your statement is completely illogical. Add to that the fact you didn't even substantiate the claim.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
      • Dean

        "Add to that the fact you didn't even substantiate the claim." – Neither did you, you just said he/she was illogical and left it at that. Your statement is as weak as his/hers.

        October 9, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      Your name speaks volumes about your worldview.

      October 9, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie the Shat

      Oh my dear Lord...

      October 9, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • GHI

      Absolutely correct. In psychology is called "projection." (outwardly projecting those traits with which we feel subconsciously uncomfortable)

      October 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  39. Fact Of the Matter

    It's a known fact that those who speak the loudest sure have skeletons in their closet! Many leading medical and psychological teams have declared that those who openly oppose gays are the very ones who want to look straight and are having a hard time justifying that to themselves or to others so they have to go out and criticize those who are out. Problem is these 'closet queens' are simply and truly Gut-less! You need to get a grip and admit you like guys already!

    October 9, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • MSB

      joeymarine, I guess you are packing your a bags then!

      October 9, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      He's having something packed but it doesn't appear to be his bags...

      October 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  40. EndTheHate

    If you truly want to stop gays you will have to get straight parents from giving birth to gay kids. It has been happening since the beginning of time.

    Good luck with that...

    October 9, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  41. Jerry

    What prehistoric rock did you just slime up from under? Go to school and get an education.

    October 9, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  42. Greg

    I'm glad you liked Romney in the debate- he put on a great show! If you really want to know who he cares about, watch the 47% video where he showed his true colors. He will no doubt help out all his corporate cronies, and unless you're one of them, DON"T ASK MITT for help. Mitt is truly the HUMAN CHAMELEON.

    October 9, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  43. Brandon

    Are you serious with this? I can't believe you just turned this young man's coming out article into politics. This article was on the ESPN Boxing page too... how come you didn't go there and blast Obama? How come you didn't go there and preach about GOD?

    October 9, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  44. Elmeromero

    The great FlipFlopper- RomneyRyan – Vote for them now, 'cause they might change their minds later.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Elmeromero

      You have not been following him Joey, I was hoping he would be something, but he has changed his mind so much, I just don't know what to believe. I don't follow party affiliations.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryB

      You don't understand why people say Romney flip flops? Seriously? This guy has taken both sides of almost every issue, and it's right there on YouTube for anyone to view. You can actually splice together a fairly long video of Romney debating Romney – what he said then vs. what he's saying now.
      Romney has zero personal integrity, and will say practically anything to get more votes.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  45. Elmeromero

    You know RomneyRyan are only saying that to get your vote. Once in office they will not turn back to Dont ask dont tell. You guys will be highly disappointing if he wins, he will grant amnesty to thousands of illegals (he already said he would not turn back the dream act), he will not roll back Dont ask, Dont tell, and he will not eliminate Obamacare (its what he said in the debate).

    October 9, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Elmeromero

      A great leader that flip flops?? Neither gives me great confidence, Obama, or Romney and I am still undecided to be honest. What I did not like is how he took very conservative stances and now he is changing them, his comments where he confessed he was wrong. I mean how can you tell what his position really his, and what else he might be wrong on. Not a very confident leader when you flip flop, TV is just that, a producer to prep him and one good night does not equal a track record of leadership.

      October 9, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  46. Marc

    Uneducated, ill informed, bigoted redneck moron. Thank god the intelligent vastly outnumber the likes of you. Start building your bunker my friend because the minorities are about to become the majority. Luckily for you and your ilk, they won't seek retribution.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  47. Andrew

    Thank you. I immediately picked up on that as well.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  48. Dave, CA

    Surprise surprise- a racist for Romney.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  49. Dave, CA

    Sounds like someone's got a little crush goin on!

    October 9, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  50. clarke

    This is not about you and your political views, sorry

    October 9, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  51. clarke

    Education is a great tool, you should try it sometime.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • joeymarine

      not right now...im watching gay boxing...

      October 9, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  52. clarke

    Now he can live his life. Be what you want and don't worry about the rest. It is your life and you should be happy.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  53. mb

    Good for you Orlando! Proud of your courage, you will save children's lives because of this. Bravo!!

    October 9, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  54. HollowPoint

    either way he is still a brilliant boxer, i dont see the necessity point of this, besides maybe publicity for the next fight.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  55. Jorge

    So funny and ironic, the gay haters posting here would probably fall down, p!$$ their drawers and start to cry like a little girl if the Boricua brother nailed them hard on the boogerbox with a right hook.

    October 9, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  56. Topper

    Since when are children straight or gay??????

    I feel sorry for this world.

    October 9, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  57. terri

    The only point of this story is to show all of the kiddies at home that they too can be gay and proud. The only problem is the ending....Historically speaking...Thumbing one's nose at God results in total annihilation.

    October 9, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sane Person

      lol, "god" has never anhilated anything ever. Humans on the other hand are more than capable of unbridled hate and bigotry that results in murder.

      October 9, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • EndTheHate

      Please don't try to forbid marriage amongst those our Lord God created gay...

      1 Timothy 4:1-5
      Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart
      from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings
      of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are
      seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God
      created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know
      the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be
      rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the
      word of God and prayer.

      October 9, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
      • MuyGuapo

        Very wrong application of this Scripture because previous Scriptures referencing marriage make it very clear that a man will leave his parents and cleave with his wife. You know, Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve).

        October 9, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
      • EndTheHate

        MuyGuapo The Holy Bible clearly warns us of false teachers just like you...

        2 Peter 2:1-3
        2:1) But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them —bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2) Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3) In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

        October 9, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Dave, CA

        MuyGuapo- well we all know how Eve screwed it all up for Adam in that creation myth. How did they populate the planet with 2 male children again?

        October 9, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Required Shoe Study

        End the hate, direct that statement back at yourself– false prophet.

        October 9, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  58. Box Boy

    Ho hum.

    October 9, 2012 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  59. IndianaGreg

    Won't his opponent be charged with a Hate Crime now?

    October 9, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  60. spangler

    American Indians called their gays Two Spirits. They also sat around the campfire and debated if a TS was born that way or it came to them in a dream vision later in life.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  61. billf

    That's juth thooper!! I know he could whip my ath!! I'd let him. Tho yummy!!!

    October 9, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  62. Richard

    Gays a born, not made. In 20 years, genetic manipulation will eliminate many genetic flaws and the gay gene will be one of them. In 100 years, there will be no more gays. Before that, tests will be developed that will (like with other genetic problems) allow parents to determine if a child will be gay. No parent will want to bring a gay child to term. Foreigners are already using ultrasound to abort female children in huge numbers. No way people capable of that will let a gay kid come to term.

    October 9, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • i would...

      i would have a baby knowing it was going to be gay. and, being gay is not a genetic flaw. you're an idiot.

      October 9, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • jungleboo

      Ummmm....Richie, fortune telling is a sin and perfectly meaningless besides. But if it makes you feel better doing it, that's what really counts.

      October 9, 2012 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Topper

      I hope so OP, that'd be a wonderful reality.

      October 9, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Meinpferd

      Yes, a perfect reality. No gays, no women. Wait, how would that work again?

      October 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mark39

    Good luck trying to get boxers to fight you. No Boxer wants to risk getting AIDS by coming in contact with your unclean filthy body. Go join a gay boxing club

    October 9, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mrhea

      dude, they have already fought a gay boxer - and got their butts whipped. that's why he's the fourth-ranked fighter in the WBO's featherweight. get real.

      October 9, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • redrum

      It's always nice when idiots make themselves so quickly known. Takes the guesswork out of it.

      October 9, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
      • uckermanf

        The only problem is that this idiot HASN'T made himself known. He wouldn't say crap like that if he had to specify his real name and location.

        October 9, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      Mark, you were digging around inside your nose when they covered AIDS in health class, weren't you??

      October 9, 2012 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan I

      Whooa, look out, internet tough guy here. Love to see if you'd dare say that to his face.

      October 9, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  64. chris wilson

    oh well now he can wear those pink shorts he's been hiding in the closet!

    October 9, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  65. Mike Payne

    Hey muscalito – why don't Y O U get in the ring with Orlando; or say that to his face "Tough Guy".

    October 9, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  66. VoiceOfReason

    Hey, Orlando... I'm a straight male and I just want you to know that I applaud you and salute you.

    Best wishes!

    October 9, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  67. lance corporal

    it's about time!!! we all KNOW many athletes are gay. I hope this leads to many more coming out

    but this is really small potatoes, we will know it is truly a free society when rednecks can come out as stooooooopid
    "after discussing it with my wife and my sister (same woman) and getting the support of my family I have decided to stop hiding the truth........ I am a proud stoooopid american"

    aaaaaaah that'll be the day

    universal civil rights for ALL!!!

    October 9, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  68. Phillco

    In the next couple of decades society will look back and wonder how people could be so bigoted.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  69. DevilDog Oz

    Isn't it hard to slap someone with those gloves on?

    October 9, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  70. bobby frank

    Congradulations on your recent revelations and maybe one day thanks to you and others, it will not be such a big deal. It can never be a good thing to lie about who you really are.

    October 9, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  71. iratheterrible

    GREAT FOR HIM! Inspirational...there is NEVER SHAME in being who you are. Great job Orlando!

    October 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Michael

    So Selmers, they are supposed to cover up and lie about him being gay? Or what? This is about breaking down stereotypes, like the kind the bigot "bubba rydel" is trying to perpetuate. Kinda hard to see gay people as being just like everyone else if you allow those stereotypes to endure.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Michael, you do realize that this generation of kids is pretty David is gay stereotypes, right?

      Many of them have gay friends and most are accepting of gay marriage. The posters before actually has a decent point.

      We are starting to come to that point as a society where many young people say, "a gay boxer? So what?"

      Just like interracial marriages have exploded. People don't even think twice about it in many places in America.

      October 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Selmers

    I love it. On one hand, we are told we have to see people for who they are, not if they are gay, straight, black, white, etc... Unless it sells headlines. Right CNN?

    October 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      Get help, you sad little man.

      October 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. bubba rydel

    big sissy. he has no place in the ring. go join a knitting class. what a punk.

    October 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Say that to his face you coward.

      October 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • lance corporal

      I'd be careful leaving the trailer park, it's a big bad world out here and all the gays men I know spend alot of time at the gym, I'd keep your derision to yourself and your fat buttt ugly wife

      October 9, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Bopper1

      ...Bubba rydel...come out from behind the protection of your avatar and Cruz is gonna knit you into a world of pain...

      October 9, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  75. Breck

    Gay boxer comes out fighting........get it?

    October 8, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |