LAS VEGAS – Some of the biggest names in boxing passed through the doors of the Palm Mortuary on Tuesday, barely noticing the reed-thin man with a scraggly patch of red hair standing out front in the scorching sun clutching a tattered newspaper against his chest.
The man watched as promoters, managers, fighters, friends and family gathered to pay their final respects to Diego Corrales, the ex-junior lightweight and lightweight world champion who died in a May 7 motorcycle accident near his home.
Michael Bruce said he didn't know Corrales, has no connection to the boxing business and only met him once, but said he couldn't miss the funeral.
"I love boxing and I wish all boxers were like Diego, but that's not why I'm here," he said. "I'm here because of this."
Bruce pulled the newspaper away from his chest to reveal a photo of an exultant Corrales after his epic May 7, 2005, knockout victory over Jose Luis Castillo. On the side of the photo was scrawled barely legible writing: "Michael,Read More »from Farewell to Corrales