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Manny Pacquiao Sorry for Gays 'Worse Than Animals' Remark

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Feb 2016 10:15 AM

Manny Pacquiao, the Philippine boxing star and congressman who's now a candidate for that country's senate, apologized on Tuesday for denouncing people in gay relationships as "worse than animals" but said he stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Fellow Filipino celebrities were among those criticizing his remarks, made when a TV network asked candidates about their views on same-sex marriage, reported The Associated Press.

"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."

Among those who reacted strongly was popular gay comedian and TV host Jose Marie Viceral, known as Vice Ganda. Vice Ganda tweeted that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are humans, not animals. He said that they're not saints, but that they'll pray for the boxer, who is widely acclaimed for bringing his country honors.

Vice Ganda posted a picture of Pope Francis, suggesting that even the beloved leader of the Roman Catholic church does not condemn gays. He quoted the pope: "If a person is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

Danton Remoto, chairman of the LGBT group Ladlad, said Pacquiao's comments betray a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.

"He is running for a national position and he should be a senator of everybody, not just over-the-hill boxers and straight people," Remoto said by phone, adding Pacquiao and his advisers "should bone up on LGBT issues" of the 21st century.

Pacquiao, 37, insists his April 9 title bout against Timothy Bradley will be the last of his prodigious career, reported Reuters, and he said he's aiming for a convincing win to help bolster his Senate campaign.

Pacquiao, who has a 57-6-2 record and won world titles in eight different weight classes in a 20-year career, is set to battle Bradley in Las Vegas for the American's WBO welterweight championship.

"This is my last fight," said Pacquiao. "After this I'm going to retire and hang up my gloves and focus on my other big responsibility in my daily life, to help the people."

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