By Michael Woods
THURSDAY UPDATE: The blowback to the Manny Pacquiao same sex slam has been severe.
Nike dumped Manny as an endorsement after an eight year marriage, and his own promoter hammered him.
“I think it’s reprehensible,” Arum told RingTV.com's Mitch Abramson in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I’m in favor of same-sex marriage. I’m in favor of gay rights. A lot of my friends are gays, particularly in California and Hollywood, so it’s very offensive to them and that’s what I’m most concerned about. The only way you do damage control is he apologized and we move away from the possibility that anybody would think we or Bradley or anyone connected to the fight believes in what he did say. And if (Pacquiao) believes it, it’s unfortunate but that’s his belief. You can’t really affect somebody who is saying things that you don’t believe in but is part of their religious beliefs.”
The boxer is still standing by his biased beliefs. “I am not condemning the LGBT,” Pacquiao said Wednesday. “What I am condemning is the act. I’m happier because I’m telling the truth … It’s worse if we will hide the truth,” he said. “I’m happier that a lot of people were alarmed by the truth.”
He also posted on Instagram a bible verse which speaks versus same sex engagement.
Seems like he's thinking he's near the end of his boxing career and he's speaking his mind, no filter.
Fans, do you believe Manny's legacy and image take a long term hit?
TUESDAY UPDATE: Manny Pacquiao apologized for the statement, saying he IS against gay marriage, but not gays. “I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” he wrote, while saying sorry in a social media video.
Well, this is one way to stir the pot, get people talking about you, as you count down to your adios fight, the final bow on the stage before you delve deeper into the political sphere, and attempt to gain a Senate seat.
Manny Pacquiao has a ton on his plate; he's ticking down to his third and presumably final tangle with Tim Bradley, April 9. And he's seeking a Senate seat, a step up from his Congressional duties, a month after his final in ring battle. But the boxer-politician isn't driving in the slow lane of political correctness as he seeks to gain electoral support.
Asked his stance on same sex marriages, the 37 year old hitter, born again in 2012, said, in his native tongue in an interview with Bilang Pilipino, “man was made for man, man was made for woman. 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. If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animal.”
Fact check: Bonobos, macaques, albatrosses, the list goes on quite long, tons of animals do same sex hookups. So Manny needs to do some Googling if he wishes to keep using this construct. His “logic” is way off.
The fighter saw the light, he's said, in 2011, and has been walking a straight path after engaging in extra marital tomfoolery and the like. “I heard the voice of God in my dream. His voice was ten times louder than thunder. He said to me, “My child, my child, why have you gone astray?” he recounted to CBN a few years ago. Soon after, he started seeing the Bible as a blueprint for life. And, it seems, part of his POV is an askance stance on same sex pairings.
No each to his own for Pacman, or live and let live.
He entered into similar territory in 2012, and Floyd Mayweather spoke out, that he refused Pacquiao's intolerance. Manny backtracked some then, saying, “To the gay community, I apologize,” on the show “Extra. “I'm against same-sex marriage, but I'm not condemning you. My favorite verse is ‘Love one another as you love release. “I'm against same-sex marriage, but I'm not condemning you. My favorite verse is ‘Love one another as you love yourself. Love your neighbor.' So I love everybody!”
But now he's back at it, judging people for engaging in behavior he deems inappropriate, and in fact, condemning their ways and by extension, them.
I won't pretend, I'm disappointed by this pronouncement. Man is a role model to mega millions. His word carries weight, and a spoken acceptance of equal rights for gays would be a positive push for people in that nation who face bias for their sexual orientation.