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AFTER LGBT BEATING, PACQUIAO HINTS OF REMATCH WITH MAYWEATHER
[Abunda to Pacquiao: Who are you to judge me as someone worse than an animal?/Vice Ganda blasts Pacquiao: We don’t need false prophets in Senate]


FEBRUARY 18 -Manny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP FILE PHOTO
- After taking a beating from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) groups for his remarks describing those involved in same-sex marriages as “worse than animals,” world boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has sought an easier match. The 37-year-old boxer, who announced in January that he would retire and concentrate on politics after his upcoming bout against American Timothy Bradley, hinted that a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was possible. Following a high-energy training session in General Santos City, Pacquiao said he was loving the sport as much as ever and could not rule out fighting again. “It’s hard to say right now,” said Pacquiao, who had won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions. “I made [a] decision to retire after this fight, but I am not saying that, you know, boxing is closed to me. You never know,” the boxer said of the possibility of avenging his crushing loss to Mayweather last year. Pacquiao, who is running for a Senate seat in May, has apologized for his antigay remarks made in a TV interview on Monday after prominent gay celebrities, including television hosts Vice Ganda and Boy Abunda, singer Aiza Seguerra, and Perez Hilton, bashed him on social media. READ MORE...

ALSO: Nike severed ties with Pacquiao in wake of anti-gay statements


FEBRUARY 18 -Boxing star Pacquiao has created a firestorm in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals.” Pacquiao, who is running for a Philippine Senate seat, made the remark in a video posted Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, on local TV5’s election site. He also said animals are better than people in same-sex relationships because they recognize the difference between males and females. stylepinner.com photo
Manny Pacquiao's latest disparaging comments about gays have cost him a contract with Nike. It may not be the only endorsement Pacquiao loses, even as he and promoter Bob Arum scramble to contain the damage done by a television interview in the Philippines in which the boxer said gay people "are worse than animals."
"What he's saying is diametrically opposed to what I believe," said Arum, who is promoting Pacquiao's upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley. "I'm in favor of gay rights and same sex marriage. I'm apologetic personally to the gay movement in the United States." Nike issued a brief statement Wednesday saying it was severing its ties with the boxer over his comments about gays. The company said it no longer will have any business dealings with the boxer. "We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," the statement said. "Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community." READ MORE...RELATED, Pacquiao okay with Nike's decision...

ALSO: Magic Johnson blasts Pacquiao, lauds Nike decision


FEBRAURY 18 -Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao | Composite Image/ AP Photos via Mark Terrill, Seth Wenig
Shortly after Manny Pacquiao was knocked out of his sports endorsement deal, a sporting icon followed through with another shot at the boxer's image.
Retired National Basketball Association cager Earvin "Magic" Johnson also commended portswear giant Nike for severing ties with Pacquiao following the boxer's controversial remarks on same-sex couples. Johnson, who steered the Los Angeles Lakers in the '80s to multiple NBA championships, was the first sporting figure to openly applaud the company's move to drop the boxer for the incendiary comments directed at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Pacquiao, who is due for a rematch with American Timothy Bradley, was on the hot seat Tuesday after baring his thoughts on same-sex marriage, asking "Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?" The decorated boxer, who is juggling legislative duties for the province of Sarangani with his boxing stints, immediately apologized for his statements. The Lakers legend-turned league analyst, meanwhile, was the first globally recognized athlete to openly applaud the sporting apparel's decision. He also urged a boycott of Pacquiao's fights. Johnson also put in context his disappointment over Pacquiao's homophobic comments. Jason Collins, another retired NBA veteran, also took to Twitter to share his thoughts. He was most notable for being the first openly gay professional basketball player. In a official statement Thursday morning, Nike said Pacquiao's comments were "abhorrent." READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd to Manny - Let people live their lives!


FEBRUARY 17 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao
Even Floyd Mayweather Jr. got wind of Manny Pacquiao’s recent controversial comment on same-sex couples. TMZ Sports caught the retired boxer in New York City and sought his response to Pacquiao’s stand on same-sex relationships. Pacquiao, according to Mayweather, should just respect the lifestyle of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexuals) community.
 "We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. To each his own,” said Mayweather. Pacquiao drew flak from various celebrities and netizens for his remark that people in same-sex relations are "worse than animals." He has apologized for voicing out his opinion on the matter, citing his religious belief. Mayweather fought and defeated Pacquiao last year in boxing’s richest fight ever. – Dino Maragay FULL REPORT...WATCH VIDEO...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao - Boxer sorry for 'gay people are worse than animals' remark


FEBRUARY 17 -Manny Pacquiao apologizes for comparing gays to animals Now Playing Source: CNN (CNN)Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has apologized after sparking outrage in the Philippines by saying gay people are "worse than animals." The 37-year-old, who is running for a seat in the country's senate, made the remarks on a television program broadcast by Filipino station TV5. Campaigning to secure one of 12 national seats he said: "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." He first clarified his comments on his Instragram page, before later posting a video message on his Twitter account. "I'm sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people (homosexuals) to animals," he said. "It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I've hurt. "But this does not change my position against same sex marriage. That's what I believe. My only mistake is comparing gay people to animals." The first fighter to win world titles at eight different weight divisions, Pacquiao is set to retire after his bout with Timothy Bradley in April. READ MORE...

ALSO NWBOXING 247 Commentary: Manny Pacquiao - "Gay People Are WORSE Than Animals!", Then Apologizes.


FEBRUARY 16 -"If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”- Manny Pacquiao.
Facing a sharp backlash over his remarks in a recent TV interview, boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao has apologized for saying that people who are in gay relationships are "worse than animals." Here's the famous boxer's apology: "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." Outrage quickly grew in reaction to Pacquiao's comments in an interview that aired Monday night on the Philippines' TV5 network, in which he said it was a matter of "common sense" that animals don't have male-to-male or female-to-female relations. Carrying his idea a step further, Pacquiao said that if people engage in same-sex relations, then people "are worse than animals." After the short video was posted on the TV5 Facebook page, some of the comments were in support of Pacquiao, who enjoys wealth and wide popularity and has often discussed his religious devotion. Other responses were withering. "This numbskull should know that there are gay animals," writer Danton Remoto said, in a response quoted by TV5 . "He should have attended more than four sessions in Congress to know that." That last remark is a reference to a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that found Pacquiao only went to Congress on four days in 2014. Shortly after the angry reaction began, Pacquiao refused to apologize. "I'm not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says," he wrote on Facebook early Tuesday, local time. He cited 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." Hours later, Pacquiao, a member of the House of Representatives who's currently campaigning to win a Senate seat, released a video on Facebook and Twitter along with his apology. READ MORE...


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After LGBT beating, Pacquiao hints of rematch with Mayweather
[GOOD IDEA FOR MANNY. YOU ARE A BORN BOXER, MAN!; THE GREATEST! But to be senator or president or an evangelist? You need to go to college, man. You have only the brawn, but you so need the brains to achieve your high ambition. Give up the high moral ground. The Bible you are holding teaches only ONE big thing ...LOVE everyone! PHNO]


Manny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ  February 18th, 2016 - After taking a beating from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) groups for his remarks describing those involved in same-sex marriages as “worse than animals,” world boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao has sought an easier match.

The 37-year-old boxer, who announced in January that he would retire and concentrate on politics after his upcoming bout against American Timothy Bradley, hinted that a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was possible.

Following a high-energy training session in General Santos City, Pacquiao said he was loving the sport as much as ever and could not rule out fighting again.

“It’s hard to say right now,” said Pacquiao, who had won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.

“I made [a] decision to retire after this fight, but I am not saying that, you know, boxing is closed to me. You never know,” the boxer said of the possibility of avenging his crushing loss to Mayweather last year.

Pacquiao, who is running for a Senate seat in May, has apologized for his antigay remarks made in a TV interview on Monday after prominent gay celebrities, including television hosts Vice Ganda and Boy Abunda, singer Aiza Seguerra, and Perez Hilton, bashed him on social media.

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READ: Abunda to Pacquiao: Who are you to judge me as someone worse than an animal?/Vice Ganda blasts Pacquiao: We don’t need false prophets in Senate

Instagram apology

“It’s common sense,” Pacquiao, an evangelical Protestant, had said. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female.”

He apologized for his remarks on Instagram on Tuesday and later, in a video post.

“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. To those I’ve hurt, please forgive me. I still stand by my belief that I’m against same-sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning the LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God bless you all and I’m praying for you,” he said.

His apology did not appease LGBTs, who continued to take him to task for his antigay remarks that “could intensify homophobia” and provoke hate crimes against homosexuals, according to Kapederasyon, an 8,000-strong nationwide LGBT organization.

“[H]is election to a government position as influential as a senator’s could intensify homophobia and heighten the incidence of hate crimes against the LGBT people,” the group said in a statement released on Tuesday night.

Electing the Sarangani representative to the Senate might further “impede the passage of the antidiscrimination bill, that for [so] long [has] been lagging in Congress,” Kapederasyon said.

“[Pacquiao] should take steps to adapt to the fast-changing actualities outside both his religious upbringing and the boxing ring,” Kapederasyon said of the boxing champion, Christian pastor, actor, basketball coach, product endorser and lawmaker notorious for his frequent absences in Congress.

Irresponsible

The group called Pacquiao’s statement “irresponsible,” saying it might be taken as the prevailing sentiment in the Philippines about LGBTs.

“And he is the Filipino people’s champion, for God’s sake, in a field of sport—boxing—too violent to be considered mabuti pa sa hayop (better than animals),” the group said.

Lawyer Harry Roque called Pacquiao’s statement “discriminatory” of LGBTs and warned that this could perpetuate abuses against homosexuals.

Roque, a nominee of the Kabayan party-list group for the May elections, recalled the case of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, who was killed by US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton in 2014, allegedly because he was shocked when he learned the person he had taken to a hotel room turned out to be a man. The lawyer served as counsel for Laude’s family in the case.

Physically capable

Pacquiao spoke at length on Tuesday about his political aspirations, including the prospect of becoming the President, and of his intention to retire from boxing after fighting Bradley for the third time in Las Vegas on April 9.

But the boxer also indicated he wasn’t sure his retirement would be permanent, twice using the term: “You never know.”
He also insisted he remained as physically capable in the ring as a decade ago.

“I don’t feel any different compared [with] when I was 27, 25,” Pacquiao said.

“I am still the same because I discipline myself. Even if I don’t have a fight and I am not in training, I always exercise every day,” added the boxer who aggravated a shoulder injury in the Mayweather bout and underwent surgery five days later.

He said his shoulder had recovered and he was in “100-percent” condition to take on Bradley.

After overseeing Pacquiao’s training on Monday, longtime American mentor Freddie Roach said he also suspected the boxer would be tempted back into the ring should he beat Bradley.

“I’ll go along with him right now because he is running for senator,” Roach said, when asked if he believed Pacquiao genuinely intended to retire.

“But there’s always that side of me that sees Senator Pacquiao [fight again]. Because he likes that, he loves stuff like that,” Roach said.
With a report from AFP

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Pacquiao okay with Nike's decision (philstar.com) | Updated February 18, 2016 - 1:47pm 52 2721 googleplus0 2


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao on Thursday said he respects the decision of sports apparel giant Nike to sever ties with him as a sponsor.

In a report by ABS-CBN News’ Jay Dayupay, Pacquiao said his camp is now looking for a new sponsor to provide him with apparel and other sports gear.

At the same time, Pacquiao maintained that under their previous agreement, Nike produces clothes that bear his name and logo only each time he has a fight. This includes the trunks and shoes he wears in the ring.

"Kung ano man 'yong decision nila, desisyon nila 'yon, nirerespeto ko at saka ang pag-sponsor nila sa akin, 'yong mga damit lang naman para sa fight (Whatever Nike’s decision is, I respect it. Their sponsorship deal with me involves providing clothes for fights),” said the Filipino icon.

Nike announced it has dropped Pacquiao in its roster of elite athlete endorsers following the boxer’s controversial remarks on same-sex couples.

Pacquiao is currently training in General Santos City with Freddie Roach in preparation for his fight with Timothy Bradley this April. – Dino Maragay


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Nike drops Manny Pacquiao in wake of anti-gay statements By Tim Dahlberg (Associated Press) | Updated February 18, 2016 - 8:27am 9 432 googleplus0 3


Boxing star Pacquiao has created a firestorm in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals.” Pacquiao, who is running for a Philippine Senate seat, made the remark in a video posted Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, on local TV5’s election site. He also said animals are better than people in same-sex relationships because they recognize the difference between males and females. stylepinner.com photo

Manny Pacquiao's latest disparaging comments about gays have cost him a contract with Nike.

It may not be the only endorsement Pacquiao loses, even as he and promoter Bob Arum scramble to contain the damage done by a television interview in the Philippines in which the boxer said gay people "are worse than animals."

"What he's saying is diametrically opposed to what I believe," said Arum, who is promoting Pacquiao's upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley. "I'm in favor of gay rights and same sex marriage. I'm apologetic personally to the gay movement in the United States."

Nike issued a brief statement Wednesday saying it was severing its ties with the boxer over his comments about gays. The company said it no longer will have any business dealings with the boxer.

"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," the statement said. "Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community."

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READ: Forbes: Not the first time Nike axed Pacquiao

Pacquiao, a congressman who is now running for Senate in the Philippines, made the comments to a television station that was asking candidates about their views on same sex marriage.

"It's just common sense," Pacquiao said in the remarks posted online by the TV5 network. "Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?"

Animals, he said, were better because they recognize gender differences, and "if you have male-to-male or female-to-female (relationships), then people are worse than animals."

Pacquiao's remarks were criticized by several Filipino celebrities, and he responded by issuing an apology of sorts. In it, Pacquiao said he was still against same sex marriage but loved all people.

Arum told The Associated Press that Pacquiao is an evangelical Christian who believes that homosexuality is wrong, and that he was trying to win votes in the Philippines, where the issue of same sex marriage has not been decided.

"What he said is completely for home consumption for Filipinos wrestling with the question of legalizing same sex marriage," Arum said.


ARUM

In addition to his campaign for the Senate, Pacquiao is currently training for the April 9 fight in Las Vegas against Bradley in what he says will be his last bout. Arum said he could lose some other fight sponsors because of the remarks.

Pacquiao has not fought since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao reportedly made more than $100 million for the fight, and is guaranteed $20 million to fight Bradley.

Arum said he expects some people not to buy the fight on pay-per-view because of the comments, but that others might buy it because of them.

"Instead of promoting a fight with a fighter I'm promoting a fight with a politician," Arum said. "It's like of Donald Trump was a boxer and I was promoting Donald Trump when he was running for president. I would be killed by the media for all the stupid statements he is making."

It's not the first time Pacquiao has been involved in a furor over gay rights. In 2012 he was quoted as saying he was against same sex marriage because "It's the law of God" though he denied inferring that homosexuals should be put to death.

The eight-time champion is the Philippines' most famous person and the country's most popular athlete. He has represented the Sarangani province in the Philippines' House of Representatives since May 2010, though has drawn criticism for seldom showing up for legislative duties.

Polls in the Philippines show he is a strong contender for the Senate seat, which many believe will eventually lead him to seek the country's presidency.


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Magic Johnson blasts Pacquiao, lauds Nike decision By Denison Rey Dalupang (philstar.com) | Updated February 18, 2016 - 2:00pm 88 2059 googleplus0 0


Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao | Composite Image/ AP Photos via Mark Terrill, Seth Wenig

MANILA, Philippines – Shortly after Manny Pacquiao was knocked out of his sports endorsement deal, a sporting icon followed through with another shot at the boxer's image.

Retired National Basketball Association cager Earvin "Magic" Johnson also commended portswear giant Nike for severing ties with Pacquiao following the boxer's controversial remarks on same-sex couples.

Johnson, who steered the Los Angeles Lakers in the '80s to multiple NBA championships, was the first sporting figure to openly applaud the company's move to drop the boxer for the incendiary comments directed at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

Pacquiao, who is due for a rematch with American Timothy Bradley, was on the hot seat Tuesday after baring his thoughts on same-sex marriage, asking "Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?"

The decorated boxer, who is juggling legislative duties for the province of Sarangani with his boxing stints, immediately apologized for his statements.

The Lakers legend-turned league analyst, meanwhile, was the first globally recognized athlete to openly applaud the sporting apparel's decision. He also urged a boycott of Pacquiao's fights. Johnson also put in context his disappointment over Pacquiao's homophobic comments.

Jason Collins, another retired NBA veteran, also took to Twitter to share his thoughts. He was most notable for being the first openly gay professional basketball player.

In a official statement Thursday morning, Nike said Pacquiao's comments were "abhorrent."

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"Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community," the statement read.

Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum, for his part, expressed that he, too, is siding with Nike. He even went as far as apologizing in behalf of his ward.

"Nike is in the business of selling its products to as wide of an audience as they can, and Manny's comments were insulting to a lot of people," Arum told ESPN.com.

RELATED: Toughest fight: Pacman vs ‘gayweather’ Sports business reporter Darren Rovell noted that this hasn't been Nike's first instance to cut ties with a brand endorser.

Renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong was dropped by the brand in October 2012 for doping issues, while NFL star Ray Rice was shown the door in 2014 for domestic violence. But what would be the most unforgettable was the termination of amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend on Valentine's Day of 2013.

It also worth noting though that Nike stuck it out with some of its beleaguered brand ambassadors.

The company stood by Tiger Woods' side in 2011 even after the breakout of the golfer's infidelity scandal. NFL quarterback Michael Vick, too, was never dropped from the pool of endorsers despite his records of assault, child abuse and dogfighting.

Also went unscathed was Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who was the subject of a publicized sexual assault case in 2003.


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Floyd to Manny: Let people live their lives (philstar.com) | Updated February 17, 2016 - 1:35pm 15 854 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Even Floyd Mayweather Jr. got wind of Manny Pacquiao’s recent controversial comment on same-sex couples.

TMZ Sports caught the retired boxer in New York City and sought his response to Pacquiao’s stand on same-sex relationships.

Pacquiao, according to Mayweather, should just respect the lifestyle of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transexuals) community.

Video from TMZ

"We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. To each his own,” said Mayweather.

Pacquiao drew flak from various celebrities and netizens for his remark that people in same-sex relations are "worse than animals."

He has apologized for voicing out his opinion on the matter, citing his religious belief.

Mayweather fought and defeated Pacquiao last year in boxing’s richest fight ever. – Dino Maragay

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Floyd Mayweather -- Responds to Pacquiao ... Stop Trashing Gay People! (Video) Published on Feb 16, 2016 Floyd Mayweather has a message for Manny Pacquiao -- stop throwing shade at gay people!!! Mayweather was on a jewelry shopping spree in NYC (per usual) when we asked how he felt about his most famous opponent saying gay people are "worse than animals." Floyd responded by saying Manny needs to be more accepting -- "We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. To each his own."


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Manny Pacquiao: Boxer sorry for 'gay people are worse than animals' remark By Chris Murphy, CNN Updated 0401 GMT (1201 HKT) February 17, 2016


Manny Pacquiao apologizes for comparing gays to animals Now Playing Source: CNN

(CNN)Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has apologized after sparking outrage in the Philippines by saying gay people are "worse than animals."

The 37-year-old, who is running for a seat in the country's senate, made the remarks on a television program broadcast by Filipino station TV5.

Campaigning to secure one of 12 national seats he said: "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."

He first clarified his comments on his Instragram page, before later posting a video message on his Twitter account.

"I'm sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people (homosexuals) to animals," he said. "It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I've hurt.

"But this does not change my position against same sex marriage. That's what I believe. My only mistake is comparing gay people to animals."

The first fighter to win world titles at eight different weight divisions, Pacquiao is set to retire after his bout with Timothy Bradley in April.

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The Filipino boxer's "super fight" in Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather last year was the most lucrative in boxing history. Pacquiao lost a unanimous points decision.

Pacquiao currently sits in the Philippines' House of Representatives but is often absent due to his boxing commitments.

Reaction to his comments was swift, with one of the country's most popular gay comedians, Vice Ganda, using the hashtag #PrayForMannyPacquiao on Twitter.

"The LGBT is a group of people," Ganda told his 6.7 million followers. "We are humans. But not animals. Though we're no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao."

Pacquiao responded to the criticism on Instagram account, prior to posting a video of him back in training.

"I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh," wrote the boxer. "I'm 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."

Quoting from 1 Corinthians 6:9, Pacquiao added: "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."

He signed off by saying: "God Bless everyone I love you all."

Several hours after that, an apology was posted on the boxer's Twitter page.

The Philippines is Asia's most Catholic nation with 70 million devotees. Though gay marriages do take place, they are not recognized by the state or by the church.

Ladlad, an LGBT political organization, was also quick to condemn Pacquiao's comments.

"Rep. Pacquiao ... betrays a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, nay, even the very basics of science," it said in a post on its Facebook page.

"His advisers—and Rep. Pacquiao himself—should bone up on LGBT issues that are becoming more important as the 21st century unfolds.

"Otherwise, they would be left behind in the Dark Ages, when the cavemen ruled, and the numbskulls roamed the earth."

Editor's Note: CNN's Leezel Tanglao contributed to this report


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"If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”- Manny Pacquiao.

Facing a sharp backlash over his remarks in a recent TV interview, boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao has apologized for saying that people who are in gay relationships are "worse than animals."

Here's the famous boxer's apology:

"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." Outrage quickly grew in reaction to Pacquiao's comments in an interview that aired Monday night on the Philippines' TV5 network, in which he said it was a matter of "common sense" that animals don't have male-to-male or female-to-female relations. Carrying his idea a step further, Pacquiao said that if people engage in same-sex relations, then people "are worse than animals."

After the short video was posted on the TV5 Facebook page, some of the comments were in support of Pacquiao, who enjoys wealth and wide popularity and has often discussed his religious devotion.

Other responses were withering.

"This numbskull should know that there are gay animals," writer Danton Remoto said, in a response quoted by TV5 . "He should have attended more than four sessions in Congress to know that."

That last remark is a reference to a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer that found Pacquiao only went to Congress on four days in 2014.

Shortly after the angry reaction began, Pacquiao refused to apologize.

"I'm not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says," he wrote on Facebook early Tuesday, local time. He cited 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."

Hours later, Pacquiao, a member of the House of Representatives who's currently campaigning to win a Senate seat, released a video on Facebook and Twitter along with his apology.

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Many of the fierce reactions to the comments came via Twitter and other social media. Some, like comedian Vice Ganda — whose actual name is Jose Marie Vicera — called Pacquiao a hypocrite, noting, as the Daily Inquirer reports, that the boxer "was previously linked to other women such as Krista Ranillo and Kat Ordonez while being married to his wife Jinkee."

"What we need in the Senate are those who are experienced in politics, law, and economics — not false prophets," Vice Ganda said in a tweet translated by the Daily Inquirer.

The newspaper notes that Pacquiao is one of the most popular candidates currently running for a Senate seat.

In response to Pacquiao's apology, Vice Ganda said, in a remark that was retweeted thousands of times, "Manny said sorry. Apology accepted. But i will still not vote for him. Manny for boxing not for Senate. #Respect."

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