Manny Pacquiao has apologised after he sparked outrage by calling homosexuals “worse than animals”.
Pacquiao, who has embarked on a political career in the Philippines said he is currently running for a senate seat in the country’s May elections.
He also plans to fight for the final time in April when he challenges for Timothy Bradley’s WBO welterweight title.
In a TV interview aired earlier this week, the Filipino boxer said:
It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex?
Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female.
If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.
In a message posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, the boxer asked for forgiveness and insisted he was “not condemning LGBT” – but also maintained he is “against same sex marriage”.
I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt.
I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT.
I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.