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From Patricio Manuel

Support to remain housed while I begin competing again, after losing 2 years of my career to the COVID pandemic. I'm the first professional boxer who is a transgender man competing (and winning) in the men's division.

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Hi, my name is Patricio Manuel, but my friends call me Pat. In the boxing world, I'm known as "Cacahuate." I'm the first professional boxer who is a transgender man competing (and winning) in the men's division. My pro boxing debut was December 8, 2018, when I beat Hugo Aguilar on a Golden Boy Promotions fight card. By then, I'd already won my amateur debut in the men's division (on Cinco de Mayo in 2016), following a long amateur career in the women's division, where I had been a five-time national champion and an Olympic contender. 

When I publicly came out as transgender after losing my Olympic dream in 2012, I medically transitioned and got back to the business of competing as soon as I could (according to guidelines set by the International Olympic Committee for transgender athletes). In fact, USA Boxing and the California State Athletic Commission had to update their policies to ensure I could continue fighting in the ring. 

I never anticipated the amount of press my journey would attract. I'd already been featured in the LA Times as a member of Team USA in the women's boxing division. But my historic, victorious pro debut in the men's division garnered international press. I was on the front page of the LA Times, the home page of ESPN.com, named a spokesperson for Everlast boxing gear, and featured on HBO, VICE, The Guardian, LA Weekly, and countless other media outlets. That media attention came with a lot of new supporters...and a lot of detractors. I even received death threats. 

Since then, I've become a more vocal advocate for transgender athletes, particularly those of us who are Black. 

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