Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao was on the receiving end of an assault in Los Angeles. The 37-year-old was attacked by an unidentified person while he was in a parking lot in Kabuki restaurant. Pacquiao however let his attacker go and did not call the police.
David Sisson, Pacquiao’s assistant claimed that the reason for the attack was the Filipino boxer’s views against same sex marriage. The attacker hurled abuses while he was dragged away.
“F*** you. F*** you, you homophobic,” Sisson said, as reported by The Sun.
Pacquiao was reportedly leaving the restaurant while a “white male” attacked the 8-division boxing champion and had to be “restrained by Pacquiao aides”, Abac Cordero Philstar Global boxing reporter tweeted.
Pacquiao nearly assaulted as he came out of Kabuki restaurant this afternoon. White male was restrained by Pacquiao aides hurling FYs on MP
— @abaccordero (@abaccordero) April 4, 2016
The man from Kibawe, Bukidnon is presently preparing for his third fight against “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley. The fight is just a week away and is set to take place on April 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The People’s Champion” Pacquiao who has also turned into a politician is seeking a senatorial seat at the May 9 elections. The born-again Christian has recently been on the receiving end of the wrath of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for his anti-gay comments.
Pacquiao previously denounced same-sex marriage mentioning it as “worse than animals”. The boxer later apologized stating that he was misquoted. However, he still maintains his stand on opposing same-sex marriage.
Pacquiao’s opponent Bradley has revealed his concerns regarding ticket sales owing to the Filipino boxer’s anti-gay comments.
Both the boxers previously had a bout in 2012 where Bradley escaped with a split decision. Pacquiao however had an unanimous victory in the return encounter in 2014.
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