It may be too nice of us to blame his latest comment on head inquires but boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has definitely punched the wasp’s nest with his most recent and controversial statement. In his home country of the Philippines, Pacquiao is running for a seat in the senate for May’s upcoming elections and with him running as a conservative Christian, we in America can’t hardly be surprised by his views on same-sex relationships.
“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,” he said to local station TV 5.
The eight-time world champion, who is also preparing for his final fight in April, later apologized for his comments stating, “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.”
Many popular names in the Philippines, like singer Aiza Seguerra, have spoken out against the athlete turned politician. Filipino TV presenter and comedian Vice Ganda started the hashtag #PrayforMannyPacquiao and then tweeted, “Some people think they can judge people like God just because they’ve attended a prayer meeting and read the Bible. The senate needs experts on politics and law, not blind prophets.”
The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we’re no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao.
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 16, 2016
It seems Pacquiao has found his way into another heavy-hitting ring. Boxing is one thing, but can he stand up against the pressures that will now come with his new suit and tie if he wins the Senate seat? Will he truly represent those in his society or will he just be another talking head? Share your thoughts below!
Written By: Melody Lanei