In a new interview, eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, gave yet another explanation for his notorious comment on gay people being ‘worse than animals.’
This time, he said that his remark was taken out of context.
Speaking to New York Post, Pacquiao, 37, claimed that his anti-gay comment, which has since caused him to be dropped by Nike, rejected from Footlocker, and criticised by other celebrity sportsmen such as Magic Johnson, was wrongly edited out.
‘The interview was 5 to 10 minutes long and they cut it,’ Pacquiao said.
He also added: ‘I don’t mean to condemn them. No one can condemn anyone. I apologise for using words that no one wanted to hear.’
Previously, Pacquiao had formally apologised, saying that he is sorry to those hurt by his comment. But then he went on to say that he is against same-sex marriage and would be ‘praying’ for people.
In another post which was deleted, Pacquiao allegedly quoted a biblical verse which suggests that gays would be put to death.
At the moment, Pacquiao, who is already a congressman in the Philippines, is running for a Senate seat in the May 9, 2016 national elections.
This weekend on April 9, he will be fighting Timothy Bradley. The match which will be produced by HBO is widely believed to be the last of his boxing career.
‘After the fight, I’m going to go back to the Philippines and focus on my job,’ said Pacquiao.
‘If I win Senate, I’ll have a big responsibility. I can’t say right now if I’m going to retire.’