“It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?
“The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.”
Pacquiao initially defended his comment by pointing to the Bible.
I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways. 1 Corinthians 6:9 “ Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.” God Bless everyone i love you all. @johnnybantilan @david.sisson @jinkeepacquiao
He later clarified he is not “condemning LGBT” but remains in opposition to gay marriage due to his religious beliefs.
UPDATE: Since making the claims, Pacquiao has issued the following apology on his Twitter feed:
I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. God Bless! pic.twitter.com/bqjRcWqp8R
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 16, 2016
Speaking to the Associated Press (h/t Boxing Scene), Pacquiao previously outlined his views on the topic: “I’m not against the gay people. I’m not condemning them…I have a cousin (who is) gay. I have relatives (who are) gay. I have a lot of friends (who are) gay, so I’m not condemning gays. What I said is I’m not in favour of same-sex marriage.”
Pacquiao has long been one of the sport’s most popular figures and last year was involved in one of the biggest fights in boxing history, as he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. He is set to face Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on April 9 in a bout anticipated to be his last before retirement.
Since the remarks surfaced publicly, there has been widespread criticism of the fighter, who will run for a seat at the senate under Vice-President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance party during upcoming May elections.