Is Manny Pacquiao homophobic? In a recent interview, the Filipino boxer made clear his stand against same-sex marriage for his home country, the Philippines, where he is running for a senatorial seat in the upcoming national elections in May later this year.
“It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish, male or female,” Pacquiao said [translated from Tagalog] via Interaksyon.com.
“If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animal.”
Watch the full video of Pacquiao about his stand against sex-marriage.
This is not the first time the Filipino boxing champion has gotten himself into hot water about alleged homophobic comments. In 2012, he spoke against gay marriage by quoting a bible passage in reaction to US President Barack Obama’s stand that same-sex marriage should be legal.
At that time, Pacquiao clarified his statements that he is only against same-sex marriage but have nothing against homosexuals.
Pacquiao along with the likes of NBA players Kobe Bryant, Tim Hardaway, Joakim Noah, NFL players DeSean Jackson and David Tyree all have history of homophobic remarks, gay slurs or same stand against same-sex marriage that put them in hot water.
Same-sex marriage is still not legal in Pacquiao’s home country but the Philippines is ranked as one of the most gay-friendly nations in the world and most LGBT friendly in Asia, according to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center.
Pacquiao will face Timothy Bradley on April 9, 2016 for their third meeting in the bout held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.
The fight is pegged as Pacquiao’s last fight in his boxing career as the Filipino said he wanted to focus on his political career in the Philippines.
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