Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao says gay people are ‘worse than animals’
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Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao says gay people are ‘worse than animals’

BOXING superstar Manny Pacquiao said people who engaged in same-sex relations are “worse than animals”, triggering outrage on social media.

Pacquiao is well-known around the world for his boxing exploits. But in the Philippines, he is also a politician – he is a member of the Philippines House of Representatives, now seeking to win a seat in the Senate.

In a candid interview with Bilang Pilipino, Pacquiao gave his thoughts on same-sex relations.

INQUIRER.net translated some of his remarks into English.

Pacquiao said, “It’s only common sense. Would you see any species of animals who engage in male to male, female to female [sexual] relations? Animals, then, are better than humans [in that sense]. They know how to distinguish males from females.”

“If people then engage in male to male, female to female relations, then they are worse than animals,” he said, according to INQUIRER.net.

Here’s a brief snippet of the interview:

Manny Pacquiao on same-sex marriage“Mas masahol pa sa hayop.” Senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao had this to say when we asked him for his stand on same-sex marriage. #BilangPilipino

Posted by Bilang Pilipino on Monday, February 15, 2016

Social media erupted in fury over his remarks, with most condemning the boxer-turned-politician.

Many believe his comments disqualify him from high office.

Some made humorous reference to Pacquiao’s memorable match with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. which happened last year.

Others lobbed charges of hypocrisy, referring to Pacquiao’s past infidelity.

Still others brought up the contrast between same-sex relations and professional boxing.

Pacquiao may lose more than a few fans over this controversy.

Pacquiao responded to the torrent of criticism by quoting the Bible.

This is not the first time Pacquiao has received criticism for his comments on gays. In 2012, he stated his opposition to gay marriage in an interview. He subsequently sought to clarify his comments, saying that while he is against gay marriage, he is not condemning gays.

“I have family — a cousin — who’s gay, and friends too. I’m just against gay marriage. I don’t even want to talk about the issue, but I was asked about it, so I gave my opinion,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

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