We’re going to go out on a limb and guess “Brokeback Mountain” is not in the Manny Pacquiao DVD collection.
The iconic Filipino boxing legend and senatorial candidate became embroiled in a public relations nightmare from a political standpoint for bullying the gay community. After being asked for his stance on same sex marriage, “Pac-Man” went after the question with the type of killer instinct that made him famous in the ring.
Speaking to the TV5 Network in the Philippines, the rather politically incorrect Pac probably didn’t understand that the Associated Press would immediately get involved with his radioactive remarks. Here’s a sample below of the cringe-worthy bullets fired by the sports’ only eight division world champion.
“It’s just common sense,” Pacquiao said, raising his eyebrows and voice in an animated way. “Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?” Animals, he said (with a totally straight face), 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.”
In the age of instant media around the globe, Pacquiao became Google’s persona non-grata and trended as public enemy #1 all over the internet. Undaunted, Pac pulled out the bible and started turning pages– not unlike the one’s he had to turn in his own life for rampant sexual immorality. “Pactards” and “Flomos” (the anti-gay and homophobic term attributed overzealous Floyd Mayweather fans) alike will recall how Manny went “Wapakman” in the sack on female co-star and hottie Krista Ranillo during filming of the aforementioned movie in 2009.
Pacquiao womanized badly for the next three years and went on a wild campaign of drinking, gambling and partying while widely recognized as the very best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Realizing he’d seriously jeopardized his relationship with God, Pacquiao began to fallback from the reckless lifestyle that was ruining his life both in and out of the ring.
Just prior to his June 2012 initial meeting with Timothy Bradley (in a bit of irony), Pacquiao went ape on the gay community and single-sex marriage publicly for the first time, while simultaneously turning in his rosary beads and renouncing Catholicism due to the unpunished (in his view) raping of young boys by priests. He drew the ire of Washington and quite a few U.S. political supporters in Nevada, prompting many to speculate this as the reason for a preposterous split decision loss to Bradley at that time.
Many of those same people will speculate that a still angry U.S. government allowed Juan Manuel Marquez to absorb HGH and actively work with the infamous U.S. government witness and stylish synthetic steroid designer Angel “Memo” Heredia before his December 2012 showdown with the Mexican icon. Pacquiao was on the verge of a dramatic KO of an Incredible Hulk-like Marquez, before being bludgeoned via out-of-nowhere haymaker by Marquez at 2:59 of the sixth round.
As hard as it may be to swallow the views of Pacquiao for many in or outside of the gay community, he has publicly owned his indiscretions while making a successful appeal to his wife Jinkee (who was going to divorce him) and his God while establishing a ministry that has flourished over the last three years. So after weighing public sentiment and quoting 1 Corinthian 6:9, Pacquiao then made a video (you can see excerpts of that in the attached video with this feature) which seemed to be full of contrition before engaging in a spirited mitts session with lead trainer Freddie Roach. Pacquiao shows no ill effects from the shoulder injury and subsequent surgery required after the Mayweather insomnia cure.
All of a sudden, a promotion that seemed to lack luster for Top Rank and Bob Arum, just went from a lackluster event to far more interesting. Pacquiao and Bradley face-off for what we hope will be an epic finale in Las Vegas on April 9 at the MGM Grand. For more on this event and all of the ongoing drama surrounding Pacquiao, please be sure to visit Real Combat Media.