Just when it seemed like things couldn't possibly get worse for WBO Welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino congressman decided to attack U.S. President Barack Obama's stance on same-sex marriage, creating a media firestorm.
"God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other," Manny said. "It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old."
However, Manny didn't get the response he thought he would from the general public, prompting him to soften his stance on gay marriage.
"I am not angry with gays but I don't want them to sin against the law of God because homosexual offenders cannot inherit the Kingdom of God," Pacquiao said during an interview with Dyan Castillejo. "I was talking about same sex marriages. … I am not against gays and I have relatives who are gay. There is nothing we can do about having such relatives but what I don't want is for them to disobey what God has ordered."
Boxing's pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, had a different take on the situation, extending his support to the gay community.
"I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage," Mayweather tweeted on May 16. "I'm an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want."
Given all the negative attention Pacquiao has received lately, it's hard to understand why he felt the need to go after President Obama's stance on same-sex marriages. For one, people have a tendency to dislike those with intolerant views, and the way Pacquiao uses religion to defend his stance certainly rubs many folks the wrong way.
After all, Manny's infidelities have been well-documented over the years, and I'm pretty sure most religions consider adultery to be a sin as well.
The most cynical part of it all is the fact that I'm not even sure Pacquiao truly believes what he says about homosexuality, and he might have said it just to score a few points with his base (many rally behind Manny simply because they think he might be able to defeat Floyd).
While Mayweather's critics might not like to admit the fact that race does play a role in the way Floyd is perceived, it's certainly a factor. Don't get me wrong, many of Mayweather's antics are enough to make a non-prejudiced person dislike him, but there are some "boxing fans" that hate him simply because of his race and success. The same goes for President Obama, and the cynic in me feels like Pacquiao was simply trying to win those people over.
Ronnie Nathanielsz, "Pacquiao Says Comments Against Gay Men Fabricated"
FoxSports.com, "Pacquiao rips Obama's views on gays"
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