Carlos Hernandez, the Favorite Son of El Salvador

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IMarch 14, 2009

In this era of sports where top athletes like Alex Rodriguez admits usage of steroids, Michael Phelps' pot controversy or Antonio Margarito's plaster of Paris-hardened gloves, it's always a heads-up to meet and learn about the fellows at the other side of the story.

Carlos "El Famoso" Hernandez was perhaps one of the few nice guys in boxing. A fighter that respects his opponent and never trash talked against anyone.

On Feb. 1, 2003 he made boxing history by becoming the first-ever world champion from El Salvador.

It was like a dream with Alexis Arguello, Roberto Duran, and El Salvador president Fransisco Florez Perez cheering him on the sidelines.

After eight rounds, It was a dream come true for Hernandez; it was a dream come true for all of El Salvador.

Still the path to the land of dreams is not that easy.

He started his career on a sour note, a draw against unheralded Victor Trinidad; from then he cruised on to 21 consecutive victories.

He had his first shot at a world title in 1997 against tough Genaro Hernandez; eventually he would lose via unanimous decision.

In 2001 he fought the fight of his life against defensive genius and former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In that fight, Mayweather suffered the first knockdown of his career (although illegitimate), Hernandez fought courageously throughout the full 12 rounds but Mayweather proved to be the better man, outboxing the pride of El Salvador.

Hernandez would later bounce back and in the process become a national hero of El Salvador.

Although Hernandez lacks the physical prowess, talent, speed or power. He simply overachieved and made full use of something that's unclear beneath the tale of the tape. He made full use of his "Heart."

He is the epitome of a wounded tiger who comes back and fought furiously after each and every hit.

He's a determined man. Training hard, working hard and fighting like it's his last.

He's not earning mega eight-figure paydays, but one thing's for sure; he earned something that is worth more than all the money in all federal banks in America.

He earned the love, respect, and the adoration of El Salvador.

"Every time I step into the ring, I fought for all of El Salvador." - Carlos Hernandez