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Pacquiao Clarifies: "I'm Not Against Gay People"

BY Michael Woods ON May 17, 2012
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Pacquiao workout 120514 003aManny Pacquiao, the boxer turned boxer-Congressman who has found himself in territory that rival Floyd Mayweather is more accustomed to, counterpunching the press which had cornered him, some could argue, on the rhetorical ropes, has made clear his stance on same-sex marriage, and what he thinks of gay people.

The clarifying remarks made by Pacquiao to the Associated Press on Wednesday came after several days of a burgeoning controversy which stemmed from an interview he gave to Conservative Examiner writer Granville Ampong. That piece ran on May 14, and it gave the impression, in the minds of many readers, that Pacquiao was so opposed to same-sex marriage, and President Obama's personal embrace of it, that he supported the antiquated Old Testament passage from Leviticus, which reads: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

The Ampong piece in fact does not state that Pacquiao quoted the passage, but because it was poorly written, that was the impression many media outlets and fight fans received. Pacquiao was accused of trafficking, by some, in "hate speech." So he went into counter-punching mode. "I'm not against the gay people," Pacquiao said to the AP. "I'm not condemning them. ... I have a cousin (who is) gay. I have relatives (who are) gay. I have a lot of friends (who are) gay, so I'm not condemning gays. What I said is I'm not in favor of same-sex marriage. That's the one thing I said to the guy. I told (the reporter) I'm against same-sex marriage," Pacquiao added. "He said, 'Why?' I said, 'It's the law of God.' That's all I said."

To be clear, Pacquiao said he does not embrace that Leviticus passage, which is used by fundamentalists who see the Bible as a blueprint for life to justify their bias against homosexuals. They usually maintain that homosexuality is a choice, and thus a behavior, not a trait present from birth. This allows them to escape, in their heads anyway, the rebuttal that it amounts to bigotry to lobby against the rights of a person because of the presence of a genetic trait. The same way all decent souls know that it isn't right to discriminate against someone on the basis of what color skin they are born with, many people who took issue with the inflammatory Pacquiao-Ampong story feel that it is irrefutably wrong and immoral to deny homosexuals all of the same rights and privileges afforded to heterosexual Americans. But if fundamentalists don't cling to the ludicrous (to me) assertion that sexual preference is a choice--after all, who among us remembers sitting down, at any stage, and deciding if you would rather smooch men or women--then they would have no moral cover to hide behind.

"My favorite verse in the Bible is 'Love one another,' and 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself,' " Pacquiao said to the AP. "It's in the Bible: Do not judge. I'm not judging."

Floyd Mayweather, no surprise, jumped into the fray, all the better to stay relevant and benefit from the heat of the firestorm.

"I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage," Mayweather Tweeted Wednesday. "I'm an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want." Some Floyd fans applauded the Tweet, while the anti-Floyd faction noted that he has used derisive language in regards to homosexuality, including sometimes using a slur used against gays, "f----t," and mocked Miguel Cotto for sleeping in the same bed with a male pal in the last HBO 24/7 series.

All this leaves me shaking my head; a few years ago, who would have thought that this brouhaha would be the dominant topic ahead of Pacquiao's next fight, which unfolds June 9 in Las Vegas. If you put a gun to the heads of the promoters and publicists trying to promote the scrap against Tim Bradley, my guess is that they would admit that they aren't wishing the brouhah didn't occur. Press is press, and now, many thousands of people who were not aware of Manny Pacquiao are. And we can presume, a sliver of them will now pay to watch his next bout, whether to root for or against him. Strange business, this boxing.


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Comment on this article

Radam G says:

Da Manny had to do a GOAT Ali. GOAT Ali said he got "nuffin' against 'em Viet' coms [sic]...They never call me [The N-word!]. Da Manny ain't got nuffin' against 'em gays. They never said that he was a cheat on steriods. Holla!

OneTonMan says:

Mayweather is a hypocrite. He has maliciously accused people (including Pacquiao) as being a "faggot". If he dislikes someone, "faggot" is one of his favorite terms to use. Now he "likes" faggots because Pacquiao "hates" them.

ali says:

Triple O.G LOL!..fu*k what Mayweather talking bout. Me and Manny on the the same page/ when it come gays/ same sex marriage is not okay/

Radam G says:

"Houston! There is a problem!" We have a failure in communication, SCLA Ali. How are you and Da Manny on the same page? He has never come out against gays marrying each other. He just said not a religious one. A religious wedding and a civil one are two different things. Gays are always getting on their civil ceremonies on in the P-Islands. Holla!

Radam G says:

"Houston! There is a problem!" We have a failure in communication, SCLA Ali. How are you and Da Manny on the same page? He has never come out against gays marrying each other. He just said not a religious one. A religious wedding and a civil one are two different things. Gays are always getting on their civil ceremonies on in the P-Islands. Holla!

ali says:

Wow even when I agree with Manny im still in the wrong to Pac fans. I guess I really am the Floyd Mayweather of TSS no matter what I do there's going to some kind of back lash I guess it comes with the territory.

Radam G says:

What do you agree with Da Manny about, SCLA Ali? Da Manny is not against civil same-sex marriage. And that is the only type of marriage that people and their monsters are discussing. Holla!

deepwater says:

enough gay stuff please. it doesnt matter. obama should of just told you hold on tight because the monatary system is about to implode but he likes gays on the view or whatever is just a diversion. get some gold and watch greece and spain leave the euro.

ali says:

Like I said before triple O.G me and Manny on the same damn page when it comes to gays period end of story.

deepwater says:

Something Wicked Comes this Way was a novel written by Ray Bradbury in 1962. The story involves a traveling carnival led by a mysterious Mr. Dark, who promises to give people a life where they can live out their secret fantasies, if they promise to receive his tattoo and pledge to serve the carnival for the rest of their lives.

In a similar manner, media in America and around the world offers a ticket to the globalists’ three ring circus of Orwellian sex, violence and propaganda. The price of admission is to simply to drink the green Kool-Aid and surrender your mind to presidential saints wearing rainbow halos, Marxist promises of Utopia and the end of America as we know it.

While meth, ecstasy and legal drugs flow through the streets of America like rivers of chocolate from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and pornographic music videos with S&M and occult-Illuminati themes fill our children’s minds, the masters on the top of the pyramid pictured on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill, build their New World Order minus billions of people through Malthusian genocide.

undisputed34 says:

Something Wicked Comes this Way was a novel written by Ray Bradbury in 1962. The story involves a traveling carnival led by a mysterious Mr. Dark, who promises to give people a life where they can live out their secret fantasies, if they promise to receive his tattoo and pledge to serve the carnival for the rest of their lives.

In a similar manner, media in America and around the world offers a ticket to the globalists’ three ring circus of Orwellian sex, violence and propaganda. The price of admission is to simply to drink the green Kool-Aid and surrender your mind to presidential saints wearing rainbow halos, Marxist promises of Utopia and the end of America as we know it.

While meth, ecstasy and legal drugs flow through the streets of America like rivers of chocolate from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and pornographic music videos with S&M and occult-Illuminati themes fill our children’s minds, the masters on the top of the pyramid pictured on the back of the U.S. one dollar bill, build their New World Order minus billions of people through Malthusian genocide.


now that was quite a post...vivid imagery there.

dino da vinci says:

now that was quite a post...vivid imagery there.


Yeah, Undisputed. I'll be using Wikipedia all night just to make my way through the references. Too early to say, but it appears impressive.

OneTonMan says:

Pacquiao's stance against gay marriage is like saying NO to your children who want some chocolates. It doesn't mean you condemn your children.

brownsugar says:

Manny deserves the right to make an *** out of himself just like anyone else.
Personally feel the same way... but in today's society we have to interact with all types of individuals and there's no exception in the U.S.
There's really no choice but to live and let live.
So what does this have to do about Boxing????

Radam G says:

WOW! And _____ ____ ___ ___ ___ __ and ___ __! Amazing! And ___ ____ ____ ____! Danggit! I'm reminded of how Jesus came to wipe out the craziness of the Old Testament. Huh! What good did it do? Because every hater and his sidekick keep acting like the old syet is still valid. The jive fibs told on Da Manny are defunct by ___ ___!

BTW! The Bible is full of boxing matches, no matter how you slice it. I can name a few, but I won't. And a lot of those gays were in the frontline of following Jesus. Matter of fact, there would not be an English transliteration of the Bible if it were not for sworn-opened gay-arse King James. I hate to keep beating a dead horse -- I mean biting off Uncle Roger May's famous spit -- but "most people don't know sh*t 'bout" da Bable [sic]! Holla!

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