First transgender male boxer wins in professional debut

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 was historic.

Manuel’s unanimous decision victory over journeyman Hugo Aguilar in the 128-pound super featherweight division was significant but will likely be viewed by the masses as a mere footnote. What was of more consequence was that Manuel became the first transgender male to compete as a pro boxer in the United States, according to Golden Boy Promotions.