Pacquiao, in a recorded statement posted on his fan page, apologizes for his harsh words towards the LGBT community, but does not change his stance on same-sex marriage.
Manny Pacquiao, boxer-turned-congressman, owned up to his mistake and apologized to the people he offended.
Pacquiao, who is running for a seat in the Philippine Senate this May, caved in to public clamor to make amends with the people he gave harsh judgment and likened to “animals” in a recent television interview.
“I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. I would like to ask for forgiveness to everyone I hurt because of my comparison [of the LGBT] to animals. It is my mistake and I would like to ask for forgiveness to all those who were hurt [by my words],” said Pacquiao in the recorded message.
Despite his apologetic stance, Pacquiao did not change his stance on the matter, saying that he was just owning up to his mistake of comparing people who are in homosexual relationships as “worse than animals.”
“However, this does not change my decision of being against same-sex marriage, and that is my belief. My mistake was that I compared people to animals. I am humbling myself before you and before God for my mistake,” he added.
Pacquiao drew flak when he was quoted, saying: “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” in a video released by Interaksyon.
The eight-division boxing world champion was rained on with criticisms on his allegedly insensitive remarks, but he took to social media to defend his statements in the said video. With more negative comments emerging from his defense, he eventually caved in to public outcry over his comments.
I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. God Bless! pic.twitter.com/bqjRcWqp8R
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 16, 2016