Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 9/11/14

Boxer Manny Pacquiao‘s political and religious beliefs have backfired on his clean image as a boxer and as a philanthropist.  Pacquiao has recently offered his view on same-sex that was a complete disagreement with what U.S. President Barack Obama has recently focused on.

The Filipino boxer was scheduled to do an appearance at The Grove, a highly frequented shopping center in Los Angeles.  He was set to be interviewed by “Extra!” host Mario Lopez.  The mall executives then called the event off due to Pacquiao’s recent remarks regarding same-sex marriage.

In an interview with the National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao reiterates his view that marriage should be between a man and a woman and not two men.  From the interview, Manny Pacquiao says that gays should be “put to death”.  Of course, Pacquiao was citing a quote from the Bible (Leviticus 20:13).

Manny Pacquiao has also released a statement on his official website regarding the matter and even includes the Bible verse he was referring to.  A group has also called on Nike to drop their sponsorship of the Filipino boxer.

Athletes definitely need to be careful how to construct their words.  Some groups flip and twist those same exact words to mean something that does not necessarily reflect their status.  This was just merely a citation from the Bible to reflect Manny Pacquiao’s belief in the Bible.  This is just as if a college professor was citing a controversial study and using that as a point of reference to get a point across that does not necessarily reflect his/her being as an educator.


1 Comment:
  • To all these asses who invoke God, as a reason to oppose what two adults can do.I wonder how the majority would feel if we were to outlaw divorce, after all "what God has joined, let no man put asunder.

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