'This is who I am' — Preparing for a bout with identity | A boxer's tale
By Wally Skalij
Aug 04, 2017 | 7:00 AM
The L.A. Times followed Pat Manuel for three years, tracking the boxer's journey from a woman hoping to make Olympic boxing history to a transgender man working to get back in the ring. (Video by Christina House and Jessica Q. Chen / Los Angeles Times)
When Pat Manuel stepped through the ropes and into the boxing ring at the South El Monte Community Center 13 months ago, it was the last step of a long journey, one that stretched back more than four years to Manuel’s last bout, in the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Along the way he lost his coach and his gym, two jobs and a handful of people he once considered friends.
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