Anti-gay Filipino boxer loses fight

Manny Pacquiao loses against Timothy Bradley, says he opposes gay ‘sin’ in pre-fight interview

Anti-gay Filipino boxer loses fight
11 June 2012

Filipino boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao, who caused controversy last month by making anti-gay statements, lost a fight on Saturday.

Before the World Welterweight Championship bout with US fighter Timothy Bradley on Saturday, Pacquiao told USA Today:

‘I don’t support gay marriage. I do not agree with that, but I am not condemning gay people… but what I oppose is the sin they commit.’

LGBT rights group ProGay Philippines released a statement sympathizing with Pacquiao’s loss and suggested he should redirect his energy to fighting against homophobia.

‘We sympathize with the Pacquaio camp and all his saddened supporters. But in defeat, we rise again and help build equality in our nation by knocking out discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity,’ said ProGay spokesperson Goya Candelario.

ProGay’s statement also said that Pacquiao ‘should also re-assess his political stand against marriage equality issues and learn to totally accept lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality as a member of the House of Representatives’.

Pacquiao is a congressmen in the Philippines parliament and ProGay are asking him to support an anti-discrimination bill that has been stalled for 12 years.

See USA Today’s interview with Manny Pacquiao here:

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Youth group helps Ireland's gay asylum seekers

BeLonG To launch project to improve quality of life for gay and trans asylum seekers and refugees
No thumbnail available

Brad Pitt backs Obama and says gay marriage is 'inevitable'

Hollywood superstar says he will vote for Barack Obama in forthcoming US presidential election despite mother's anti-gay marriage stance
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Claim same-sex marriage will lead to exploitation of women in developing world

An Australian bioethicist who has claimed that legalizing same-sex marriage will lead to third world women being exploited through commercial surrogacy arrangements is a senior member of Opus Dei
No thumbnail available

Graham Norton admits he is a 'bit nervous' before hosting the BAFTA TV awards

‘In fairness, it’s not digging coal. It’s standing, and my glass of wine is a short walk away.'
No thumbnail available

US Appeals Court hears opening arguments in DOMA challenge

Constitutionality of federal ban on gay marriage being challenged for first time
No thumbnail available

Gay UK priest awarded MBE in Queen’s birthday honours

Reverend Colin Coward honoured for his work campaigning for LGBTI equality in the Church of England
No thumbnail available

After ugly public split, Johnny Weir and husband are reported to have reconciled but the skater denies it

Former Olympian and Victor Voronov have been in bitter fight over belongings
No thumbnail available

Zac Efron learns to play guitar and writes song as birthday present for Ellen DeGeneres

'What do you give to someone on their birthday who kind of has everything?'
No thumbnail available

Matthew McConaughey on gay fans, gay rumors and playing a male stripper

Hopes gays will flock to new film Magic Mike: 'I think they’ll come out more excited then they came in'