The wait is over.
Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao (born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He is also the second highest paid athlete in the world.
He was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA “Fighter of the Year,” winning the award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
He was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by some sporting news and boxing websites, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The Ring. In April 2012, Pacquiao dropped to number two in the rankings, behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr. However on May 7, 2012, The Ring declared the top position vacant and jointly ranked Pacquiao and Mayweather in the number two spot.
Aside from boxing, Pacquiao has participated in acting, music recording and politics. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani.
JAY Z’s Life+Times visits Manny Pacquiao in Los Angeles for an exclusive training camp visit days before the Filipino meets Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time. In part one of this two part feature, we speak with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, sparring partner Ray Beltran and the man himself, Manny Pacquiao and tackle a number of subjects including the first three fights and why Pacquiao decided not to face the Timothy Bradley in a rematch after their controversial last bout. We also got some insight on Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao’s unique relationship and the Pacquiao that everyone at Wild Card Gym knows aside from the superstar pugilist politician that we all see on television.
Manny Pacquiao says he DOES NOT believe gay people should be put to death … and blames the media for twisting his words about his stance on gay marriage.
Manny has been under fire ever since the National Conservative Examiner published an interview in which Pacquiao says gay marriage is against the will of God.
The Examiner article includes a reference to Leviticus 20:13 — which says gays “must be put to death.” But now the journalist who conducted the interview is admitting Pacquiao NEVER specifically referenced that bible verse.
Pacquiao has now released a statement saying, “I didn’t say that, that’s a lie … I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet.”
He continues, “I’m not against gay people … I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way.”
Still, Manny says he’s AGAINST same-sex marriage — “What I’m critical off [sic] are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God.”
- Manny Pacquiao Says Gay Marriage Would Be Like “The Days Of Sodom and Gomorrah” [Manny Pacquiao] (deadspin.com)
- Journo Takes Blame For Using Scripture To Describe Boxer Manny Pacquiao’s Anti-Gay Politics (towleroad.com)
- Biased writers grossly twisted Pacquiao’s view on same-sex marriage (examiner.com)
- Boxer Manny Pacquiao Blasts Obama Over Same-Sex Marriage, Cites Scripture Saying Gays Should Be Put to Death (towleroad.com)