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Boxer Manny Pacquiao backtracks from ‘homosexuals are worse than animals’ comments

Manny Pacquiao throws a right at Floyd Mayweather during their welterweight unification championship bout in May last year. Photo: Getty Images Manny Pacquiao describes homosexuals as ‘worse than animals’

Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer turned Philippine politician, apologised Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) after calling people in gay relationships “worse than animals” during an interview with a local broadcaster, setting off a torrent of criticism.

In a video that was shared widely online, Pacquiao told the TV5 network: “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals.”

Pacquiao moved swiftly to contain the controversy by posting an apology on his social media accounts. A born-again Christian, he said that he stood by his opposition to gay marriage, which is banned in the deeply Catholic country.

“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” he began in a written post on Instagram which accompanied a clip of him speaking in his native language.

A champion in eight weight classes, Pacquiao is now far from his prime, but he has not entirely given up the boxing ring.

In May, he fought Floyd Mayweather in a hugely hyped – and stratospherically profitable – bout that ended with Pacquiao’s defeat by a unanimous decision.   I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.A video posted by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Feb 16, 2016 at 2:35am PST

His controversial comments were later condemned by his former opponent.

“We should stay positive,” Mayweather told TMZ. “We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. I don’t have nothing against anyone…To each his own.”

In December, promoters announced that Pacquiao would fight Timothy Bradley on April 9, his first bout since the one with Mayweather. Afterwards, he has said, he will hang up the gloves.

Some observers expect Pacquiao to one day make a run for the Philippine presidency. If he wins a seat in the Senate this summer, he will serve a six-year term, a tenure that could equip him for a plausible bid in 2022.

New York Times

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