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: