Melbourne, Feb.16 (ANI): Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, who will bid adieu to his glorious career this year to focus on politics, has sparked controversy by describing gay couples as `worse than animals`.
Gay marriage is illegal in the Philippines due to strong resistance from the Catholic Church, with 80 per cent of the country’s total population subscribing to the faith, News.com.au reported.
The eight-time world boxing champion said that animals are better than homosexuals because they could distinguish between male and female.
Philippines’ most popular gay comedian Vice Ganda slammed Pacquiao on Twitter by posting #PrayForMannyPacquiao to his 6.7 million followers.
Criticizing the boxer for his insensitive remarks, Vice said Pacquiao was not a God and that he had no right to judge people. He further insisted that the Senate does not require blind prophet like the 37-year-old.
Echoing similar views, popular singer Aiza Seguerra, who recently married her actress girlfriend, described Pacquiao as an ‘ignorant, bigoted hypocrite’ and called on the voters to boycott him.
Pacquiao, who will take retirement after his last fight against Timothy
Bradley in April, will fight for a senate seat in the May elections. (ANI)