If there's no crying in baseball, then there's certainly no crying in boxing.
But nobody can blame Woodland's Vicente Escobedo for not being able to control his emotions following Saturday's loss to Adrien Broner in Cincinnati.
Escobedo was frustrated he was put in a position to have to save HBO's live telecast when it was his brash, defiant opponent who put the fight in jeopardy because he failed to make weight twice.
Mostly, Escobedo longed to be with his wife, Valerie, who watched at home, and his 6-week-old daughter, Milana Sky, with whom he has spent little time as he prepared for the fight.
"I did my job, I came in on weight, like a professional does," Escobedo said. "Adrien didn't do his part.
I accepted the fight on those terms."
For most of Saturday, Escobedo and his camp insisted they would not fight after Broner failed a second weigh-in. Broner was too big and too strong, and Escobedo's health was at issue.
But with HBO and Golden Boy Promotions applying pressure, Escobedo was given an offer he couldn't refuse: double the money and a future legitimate shot at the World Boxing Organization junior lightweight title. While he didn't want to give in to Broner, the opportunity to help his family financially was too great.
As expected, Broner was too much for Escobedo, who gave his best before he was too battered in the fifth round to continue.
Afterward, Escobedo had it wrong when he said Broner "was the better man."
Broner was the better boxer but not the better man.
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