Once again, the boxers square off outside the ring.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paquiao are going another round, and once again it has nothing to do with boxing. After accusing the Phillipino champ of abusing steroids, Mayweather is beefing with him again...this time over gay marriage.
Here's how it's going down:
The Bell: President Obama announces his support of gay marriage.
Round One: Pacman, who is a Roman Catholic, delivers the first blow, sharing his political views with the National Conservative Examiner. "God only expects man and woman to be together," he told the paper. "It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old."
The boxer then allegedly implied that gay people should be "put to death," invoking a passage from Leviticus, but later claimed he was misquoted and admits he doesn't know the Bible chapter and verse. (Sidenote: maybe you should study up before you mouth off, Pac?)
Round Two: Mayweather comes out of his corner. In a clear attempt to provoke his opponent, the middleweight champ takes to Twitter to declare, "I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage." He adds, "I'm an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want." Was that a jab at Pacquiao's citizenship status?
We're doubtful that this match will ever come to any actual blows, but considering Pacquaio is facing an ish-storm over his comments — even getting banned for life from LA hotspot The Grove, where he was scheduled to make an appearance today — it looks like Floyd is the man on top.
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