Real men wear pink

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AIDS newsby Chris Sparling, The Cancer Blog, 10 oct 2006

They were calling the bout David and Goliath, and for obvious reasons. In one corner stood Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett, a veteran heavyweight who, for all intents and purposes, is in the twilight of his career. To most, his 6'3" stature would be quite intimidating. But, when your opponent is the 7 foot tall, 320 pound Nikolai Valuev, you quickly take on the role of David to this big Russian's Goliath. Like the so many who tuned in to HBO to watch this title fight, I was unfortunately rather disappointed by the lack of action and mediocre displays of boxing talent on the part of both fighters. But, there was something about this fight that was unlike so many others.

Pink Boxing Gloves.

Yup, that's right. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Monte Barrett wore pink boxing gloves during this title fight. How cool is that, I thought. So, I investigated further. It turns out that the well-known boxing equipment company Everlast has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to create the Everlast Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. They plan to donate 5% from the sale of every pair of pink boxing gloves it sells through many sporting good retailers, including Dick's Sporting Goods, Target, and Modell's.

As for Monte, his gloves unfortunately made far more of an impact on the hundreds of thousands of people watching than they did on his opponent. He was felled by the giant Russian in the eleventh round after putting forth a valiant effort. But, win or lose, it bears pointing out that he was man enough to wear pink gloves in a fight. Way to go, Monte.

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