Be me, or fight me Conor McGregor

By: Gabriela Yareliz

I grew up watching boxing and fighting, from a young age. At the age of four, I was sitting on Muhammad Ali’s lap for a photo (went to pre-school with his son). My grandfather would order the fights on Pay-Per-View– usually on a Saturday night. Puerto Ricans– we are big on our fights. We have produced some of the world’s best fighters.

I always got a thrill from it. Some people see these sports as pure violence, ignoring the discipline and mental strength it requires. I love the discipline, the strength, the bravado and the fact that when you are there to fight, you are there to win.

I think life would be different if we approached it in this way, with: discipline, strength, courage, a pinch of bravado and whole lot of passion to win.

In my head, I have always seen my life like a boxing match. And at the end of it, I am determined to be the one left standing.

[Inspired by Conor McGregor’s comeback against the Cowboy on January 18]

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

2 thoughts on “Fighter

  1. I do think it’s a cultural as well as a personal thing. I have a really hard time watching boxing. My ex-husband, who came from a Hispanic family, he loved it :-). He was raised watching it and didn’t think twice about it.

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