Ahead of his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley this Saturday, Manny Pacquiao is busy promoting himself. Taking this opportunity, Pacquiao also takes time to clear his stand on the alleged homosexual comments.
Speaking to Fight Hub, Manny Pacquiao said that his alleged anti-gay comments were misquoted.
“That interview was a long interview, 5-10 minutes, and they cut it short. They misquoted the interview… I told them that I’m not condemning them, I’m not condemning anyone. In fact, I love them. Who am I to condemn anyone? I’m only a simple person, who am I to condemn them? What I’m condemning is the act. That’s the correct interview, but they cut it,” Pacquiao said.
The famous boxer who is running for the Senate elections in Philippines, created quite a stir when he slammed same-sex marriage.
“The animals are better. They know how to distinguish, male or female. If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals,” he said in a video released by Interaksyon.
His controversial comments led to him being dropped by Nike.
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community,” the official statement of Nike said.
“We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao’s fight with Bradley is expected to be his last fight. He expects that the upcoming fight is going to be a “great fight”.
“After seeing Tim knock out Brandon Rios I expect Bradley to engage more instead of running like he did before when we fought. He has improved a lot and has become a very powerful puncher. It’s going to be a great fight,” Pacquiao said.
The fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley is expected to bring in around 700,000-800,000 pay-per-views on HBO. As for Pacquiao, he is going to make reportedly $20 million from the fight.
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