Boxer Manny Pacquiao has apologized for his comment on gay people after provoking a storm of controversy. He, in his earlier statement, said that homosexuals are “worse than animals.”
The 37-year-old boxer who is also a multiple world champion made the shocking comment during a TV interview. He commented, “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
He added, “woman was made for man, man was made for woman. It’s common sense.”
Once the video became viral in the social media, a storm of criticism followed. He faced a massive public backlash for his comments.
According to The Guardian, Pacquiao who lost fight in boxing against Floyd Mayweather last year, represents the province of Sarangani in the House of Representatives. During one of his speech opposing a proposed law on giving free condoms to poor, he quoted heavily from The Bible.
Pacquiao responded to the controversy via Instagram. At first he stood by his word and said that he obey Lord’s command instead of obeying the desire of flesh. The devout Catholic stated further that he was not condemning anyone but simply stating the truth.
However, that message was removed later on from his account and replaced by an apology from the boxer. He said, “I am 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 am not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the lord. God bless you all and I’m praying for you.”
Manny Pacquiao is a self confessed born-again Christian. He has also allegations of womanizing and steroid use in the past. He is the first, as well as, the only eight-division world champion. He started his political career in 2007. In May 2010 he was elected for House of Representatives with 66 percent of votes, reported Mail Online.