Today was one of the toughest days I've ever faced. My friend died of a cocaine overdose at the age of 19. His death caught me completely of guard and I didn't want to believe it was true, but many had already confirmed it.
My friend and I shared a love for Boxing since he was a Fillipino. My favorite fighter has always been Manny Pacquiao and seeing that my friend was from the Philippines you can probably guess who his favorite was. We had made plans to watch the next Pacquiao vs. Rios fight (he talked me into chipping in to buy it since I wasn't quite sold on the match-up). Sadly, our plans will not come to fruition but my friend will be in my thoughts throughout the fight. The bond that we created over a common idol (Manny) has already made the grieving process a lot easier. I was already cheered up by watching Pacquiao vs. Marquez III, which happened to be the last Manny win we watched together.
For some this may seem irrelevant, but I'm so glad to have the sport of boxing in my life because of the bond that it created between me and my friend. Watching Manny fight from here on out will always be a reminder of the great person I once got to bond with. Pacquiao had been an inspiration for us and had been the glue to our wonderful relationship.
My question for you is if boxing has created any special bonds/friendships in your life? Me, my Dad, and my now deceased friend Peter all shared a special friendship that developed around the love of a single fighter.