Manny Pacquiao Under Pressure for Remarks About Same-Sex Relationships

Manny Pacquiao Under Pressure for Remarks About Same-Sex Relationships

Boxer apologizes for comparing gays to animals, while Floyd Mayweather Jr. responds.

Published February 16, 2016

Update: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still beating Manny Pacquiao up.

It didn't take long for the retired, undefeated boxing legend to learn that his rival said gays are "worse than animals."

"Money" Mayweather's response? He told TMZ Sports on Tuesday: "We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. To each his own."

Sounds like a technical knockout. Perhaps it should be counted towards Mayweather's 50th victory.

Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley for the third and final time on April 9, but he's already feeling a barrage of punches being thrown his way.

The boxing great and Philippine Senate candidate issued an apology on his Instagram account on Tuesday after declaring that people in gay relationships are "worse than animals."

Although Pacquiao stands by his opposition to same-sex marriage, he felt enough heat from critics to offer the apology.

As reported by ESPN, Pacquiao told the Philippine television network TV5: "It's just common sense. Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?"

He added: "If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals."

Whaaat? Oh... Manny.

One of the people who fired back at Pacquiao was gay comedian and TV host Jose Marie Viceral, who is better known as Vice Ganda.

He let the boxer know that members of the LGBT community are humans and not animals, while adding that Pacquiao needs prayers, as reported by ESPN.

He also quoted the Pope, saying: "If a person is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

Danton Remoto, chairman of the LGBT group Ladlad, told ESPN: "He is running for a national position and he should be a senator of everybody, not just over-the-hill boxers and straight people. Otherwise, they would be left behind in the Dark Ages, when the cavemen ruled and the numb-skulls roamed the earth."

Hey Manny... stick to boxing.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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