Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38) has recently caused outrage due to comments made at home in the Philippines where his religious views have conflicted with gay rights and same sex marriage.
The boxing star, who is seen as a national treasure, was speaking to a Filipino TV channel and suggested that homosexuality saw human's being was "worse than animals".
The comments spread like wildfire and have seen the star come under fire from both the Filipino press and press further afield, including the UK and America, and they have threatened to derail his political career.
Although the fighter has since apologised apologised and, and stated that he is praying for everyone, his explanation for the comments haven't done him any favours. He explained that his views are from the Bible, quoting a passage from the bible in his apology.
The comments have turned a lot of people against the 37 year old, who is expected to fight his final contest on April 9th in the US and couldn't have come at a worse time as he is beginning his political campaign as well as building towards his upcoming bout. The comments have seen calls to boycott him at an upcoming election and will certainly not due the buy-rate of his forth coming bout any favours, a bout that is already expected to flop in terms of PPV sales.
The online community has also shown some split with some strongly condemning the fighter for his views whilst others have backed him for standing by his religion. It does seem however to have over-shadowed some of the good work the fighter has recently done, including a new housing project that he is paying for from his own pocket, which again was said to have been done due to religious beliefs.
Incidentally Pacquiao is the second boxer to have been loudly criticised for his views on same sex marriage and gay rights in recent months, with Heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury sparking outrage for his comments on the same issue. Like Pacquiao Fury claimed his views were from his religion.
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