HBO Comment on Pacquiao Gay Slap



HBO Comment on Pacquiao Gay Slap

Most folks have a good handle on the concept that broadcasters and platform providers present boxers and athletes and feature them for their sporting talents, not their out of the ring behavior and views.

But occasionally, a sports entertainer steps in it to such a degree that a corporation will feel the need to weigh in. After fighter Manny Pacquiao two weeks ago made clear his feelings for gay people, much reaction ensued, much of that amounting to a harsh appraisal of Pacman's bias; his promoter even termed the stance and pronouncement “reprehensible.”

Pacquiao fights on April 9, and HBO will distribute his clash on their PPV arm. They offered this statement today to make clear the corporate stance on Congressman Pacquiao's same sex denunciation.

“Next month Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. are scheduled to meet in a Pay-Per-View bout. We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event. However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Mr. Pacquiao's recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable. HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn't approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.