“Death To Gays” Boxer Manny Pacquiao Announces Run For President Of Philippines: “I Fight Outside The Ring”

The Associated Press reports:

Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday, pledging to honestly serve the Filipino people who he said have been waiting for a change of government.

“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring,” Pacquiao, 42, said in his speech. “In the name of our countrymen who have long been desiring for the right change in government, I wholeheartedly, bravely, and humbly hope for your support,” he added.

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Pacquiao last appeared on JMG in 2016 when he declared that “gay people are worse than animals.”

The following day Nike fired him from their endorsement deal over his “abhorrent comments.”

One day later, Pacquiao doubled down by posting a bible verse that calls for executing gays, prompting the TMZ Sports headline, “Manny Pacquaio: Death To Gays.”

The far-right Christian site World Net Daily then accused Nike of firing Pacquaio for “following the bible.”

The next month a Los Angeles shopping center banned Pacquaio from its premises after spotting him leaving a movie theater.