Manny Pacquiao did not win the title of a “Boxer of the Decade” by backing away from a fight, and so the Filipino isn’t backing down from comments made earlier this week defending natural marriage either.
Visibly unimpressed by the loss of a $1-million-a-year contract with Nike, a producer of sports equipment, he made it clear that principled condemnation of sodomy is not hatred of homosexuals. “I am not condemning the LGBT,” he told reporters. “What I am condemning is the act. I’m happier because I’m telling the truth. … It’s worse if we will hide the truth. I’m happier that a lot of people were alarmed by the truth.”
At 37, Pacquiao, has already been elected twice to the Philippines National Assembly (the second time in an uncontested election) and is now running for the Senate election in May.
A notorious womanizer early in his 15-year career, he converted to Pentecostalism and cleaned up his life, and also began frankly condemning homosexual behaviour as pressure began in the Philippines for same-sex “marriage.”