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Boxer reaffirms anti-gay slurs, says God is in his corner - Australia Gay News Network

19 February 2016 | glrfcentral
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Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is standing firmly behind his anti-gay comments, claiming God is on his side. The eight-division world champion smiled and joked through a training session in his home town of General Santos, then told reporters he had no intention of bowing to his critics.

"What I am saying is right. I mean I am just stating the truth, what the Bible says,” said the 37 year old.

His Instagram comment calling for gays to be put to death was subsequently removed.

Pacquiao, who converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Protestant faith late in his boxing career, ignited a global controversy this week when he described homosexuals as worse than animals.

"It's common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female," Pacquiao told Filipino television station TV5.

"If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals."

Global sponsor Nike dropped Pacquiao following the comments.

 

Author Andrew Shaw

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