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Another Antigay Jab From Boxer Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want anyone to misconstrue his feelings about gays and lesbians. The professional boxer and aspiring Filipino presidential candidate told the BBC that he remains steadfast against same-sex couples despite losing his endorsement deal.

“What I am saying is right. I mean I am just stating the truth, what the Bible says,” Pacquiao told the British news organization. He spoke with their reporter Friday in his hometown of General Santos, the Philippines, during a training session for his upcoming final bout.

The BBC reported he did admit that when he described animals as superior to gays “because they can distinguish male from female,” in a television interview, he made a mistake.

That comment sparked a global flurry of criticism from the sports world and beyond, leading Pacquiao to post a video apology on Facebook. He said he was sorry and was “not condemning LGBT,” but he also reconfirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage.

His sponsor, Nike, then delivered an uppercut and dropped him like a sack of potatoes. “We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company stated.

And lest there be any doubt about his feelings, Pacquiao posted biblical verses on his Instagram account denouncing homosexuality as punishable by death, less than a day later.

The citations included the infamous verse from Leviticus 20.13: “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death, their blood will be on their own heads.” The post has since been deleted.

Although it’s not a crime to be gay in the Philippines, same-sex marriage is not legal.

And Pacquiao told the BBC he is unaffected by all the controversy over his remarks. “I’m happy. I’m always happy because God is with me,” he said, still adorned in Nike gear, for now.


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4 comments

  1. And once again, Leviticus, the champion bible verse of homophobes, rears its ugly head. I guess Mr. Pacquiao is not so sorry after all, now that Nike has dropped him.

  2. What is it with always quoting Leviticus 20:13? Why not quote the entire chapter, the entire book of Leviticus why you’re at it. The book calls for death or exile for every little thing. Curse your mother or father? Death. Sleep with a woman during her menstruation? Exile! We don’t get to pick and choose which chapter suits us. Let’s stick to the book of Leviticus and we’ll see if we’ll all stir be here by the end of the week.

  3. The Old Testament has got a lot of those. Manny didn’t need to quote all of that. I think he is a young Christian convert.
    The natural intention for Union is male/female. Nothing can change that. Everything about creation screams so. I didn’t even need to quote the bible. Homosexual relations is sinful like pre-marital sex. While marital sex is right same-sex marriage is against God.

    • Oh but he should, he should quote them all. Look, we don’t get to pick and choose. There are so many parts of the Bible that speaks of abominations we’ve taken as a way of life, we ignore those ones but gladly quote Leviticus 20:13? Give me a break.

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