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Boxing superstar and congressional member of the Filipino House of Representatives Manny Pacquiao, was recently seen on Filipino television (via the Guardian) giving his opinion on same-sex couples and how he believes animals are superior.
Pacquiao has since released a few short video messages on his Instagram account (as seen below) asking for forgiveness, however, he did not renounce his previous remarks and solidly stood by his position. He was last seen in the public eye when he tasted defeat at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May of last year.
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 37-year-old Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley Jr. for a third time in April and is also preparing for his first run at the senate in the Philippines in May of this year. The boxer nicknamed “Pacman” has officially been in politics since 2010, when he was first elected. This had been his second attempt in the election process, only after suffering defeat three years earlier in 2007.
This next bout in April is said to be his farewell dance as he presumably will announce his retirement from the sport and focus on his political career following the outcome. Pacquiao is currently training for his upcoming bout in the Phillippines, but will soon move his camp to Los Angeles in order to work with his longtime head-coach Freddie Roach.
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