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18 Feb 2016

Manny Pacquiao apologizes for homophobic comments, is dropped by sponsor Nike

After labeling homosexual couples worse than animals earlier this week, the Philippine boxer eventually apologized for his comments

Manny Pacquiao, the famous Philippine Boxer-turned-politician angered the LGBT community and advocates last week by saying homosexuals are worse than animals in a television interview.

Speaking to local station TV5, the boxing champion told the interviewer "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 from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then Man is worse than animals."

The 37-year-old originally seemed unrepentent, uploading an Instagram post with the caption: "I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. I'm not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says."

However, on February 16 he uploaded a video apologizing for his comments.

"I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you," the post said.

This did not stop his sponsor, Nike, from dropping him.

"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," said a Nike statement.

"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 sportswear company added: "We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao."


1. 2016-02-18 16:39  
Sir, homosexuality is very widespread among the animal reign. There are even long-time couples and others adopting. Seems that your Bible speaks against nature.
2. 2016-02-18 23:40  
Religion: certainly not a source of tolerance and love. I'm always amused by christians who whine about how they have been persecuted and in the next breath promote the persecution of some other group of people. It's sad that Pacquiao has been caught up in this nonsense.
3. 2016-02-19 00:31  
They say a Leopard can't change its Spots!
That applies to humans too such as Manny Pacquiao!
4. 2016-02-19 01:18  
apologize is acceptance but we never forget your thoughts about us, i am fan of you but now i don`t have respect of you anymore... the pain is still here in my heart,

and you know why that is not the problem of our country, why dont you help our country grow and rich, your such a ignorant person,,, im sorry to tell you this because you step our dignity being a homosexual...
5. 2016-02-19 04:10  
This has been known for some time. I'm quite happy that Mayfield beat the crap out of you.
6. 2016-02-19 06:27  
Fridae slow with its news again.

He'd apologised before you reported the original story. Disgraceful reporting!

It's nice to know there are a lot of tolerant people on this site. Lol

I forgive you all.

Coz that's how equality works.
7. 2016-02-19 08:24  
Some people are born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid to say things without consequences.
Is amazing that people interpret the verse of bible in one sided thinking.

Burn your own damn bridge..i think he has committed of the cardinal sins himself.
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8. 2016-02-19 09:12  
been hit in the head to many times i think.... cant but help to make inappropriate quotes from a book that remains the worlds most famous fairy story.....
9. 2016-02-19 09:22  
I am pleased that some refer to his source of wisdom as 'his bible'. What does 'his bible' say about the wide-spread molestation of children by catholic priests? What does 'his boble' say about a 'CLOSE personal relationship' that the current pope has with a female?
Religious differences have seen a lot of people dead … did 'his bible' say that was necessary?

In the Philippines the need to conform is so great I can imagine there re many who have surpressed their inner most selves in order to appear to conform.

How sad really, because the ones I have met that have really 'blossomed' are those that have left their families and their country behind them to get away from all of that suppression.
10. 2016-02-19 10:19  
Sad that he has foot-in-mouth disease. That does not bode well for his future as a politician. Having read about his statement I believe his words have been used out of context. That said, a politician must be certain to consider his words carefully. Seems Pacman thinks Jesus is going to vet his words.. Ain't gonna happen ...
11. 2016-02-19 13:27  
As my good Mother would say "lord forgive him for he knows not what he does" 😃 Pure dated monotheist indoctrination he's been so duped from a young age the poison spread through every fibre of his body, but we (like Elton John with front man Axl Rose from rock band Guns N' Roses) ought to reach out in a spirit of bridge building & reconciliation, it's the common sense approach unless they are so incapable of thinking independently & growth then Fcuk 'em 😆
12. 2016-02-19 14:29  
Guys... dont blame him or call him ignorant... its brain damage from the boxing plain and simple... feel sorry for him.
13. 2016-02-19 14:36  
way too late for apology , only the $$$$ sign make you talk sorry go back to boxing :(:(
14. 2016-02-19 23:47  
His Pope is really just a Puppet Figure who supposedly accepts gays but not for Marriage so therefore he can't be a Christian and he has the cheek to critisize Donald Trump.
Sorry for letting off steam here guys but i have to tell it how it is!
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16. 2016-02-20 14:08  
OMG! His knowledge about animals are so shallow... Please go back to school to student, especially animals. There are animals that also have male and female characteristic in them just for his information.
17. 2016-02-21 15:36  
This creature is full of nonsense. Ignore him.
18. 2016-02-23 00:45  
An apology that is insincere is not apology.
19. 2016-02-23 08:54  
I hate him... -,-'




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