Will Manny Pacquiao Lose Fans Due to Gay Marriage Comments?

Sports 2012/05/16 19:00:00
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Boxing great Manny Pacquiao is back in the headlines -- and no, it's not for his never-ending feud with top-ranked boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather (although most of us still want to see that fight.) This week, Manny Pacquiao -- politician, not boxer -- has made headlines for his opposing views on the hot-button issue of gay marriage.

Pacquiao was asked about gay marriage by The National Conservative Examiner and the boxer, who is extremely religious and currently serves as a congressman in The Philippines, said he is clearly against it. He cited the Bible and said that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Also, in an interview with MMAFighting.com in 2010, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum insulted the sport of mixed martial arts, making the controversial comments “they [the MMA fighters] roll around the floor like homosexuals.” Pacquiao may have already started to alienate a part of his fan base then.

The point of mass marketing an athlete is to have them appeal to all races, all cultures, all religions, etc. With Pacquiao's comments, he brings publicity he probably doesn't want -- or need -- at this time, especially with a big fight on the horizon. Just because fans may not be too familiar with Bradley, it certainly doesn't mean he can't win. Anything can happen in the boxing ring and while Manny Pacquiao the boxer will likely show up on June 9, there's no guarantee those fans that he alienated will.

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  • Shonny 2012/05/17 03:22:04
    I'm pissed about this whole situation. Everyone else shouts loud and stands up for the lifestyles and choices they choose, but every time a Christian stands up for our values we are ostracized. We already know that that comes with the territory but I feel that if corporations, people, and stores are going band Christians for our views Christian needs to Boycott their merchandise and businesses. I know I am and will continue to.

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  • Brian owen 2012/05/21 07:44:12 (edited)
    Wouldn't dream of it. Do you have a substantial response or is that it?
  • owen Brian 2012/05/21 08:10:34
  • Brian owen 2012/05/21 08:18:52

    1 John 4:7-21
  • Franco ... Shonny 2012/05/23 07:28:33
    Franco Phile
    You must feel sooooooo oppressed. Do you want me to cry for you?
  • Andy 2012/05/17 03:20:35
    Boxing is a brute sport No worry about losing fans. He will also NOT lose to Mayweather. If they ever fight.
  • Meako 2012/05/17 03:16:16
    I don't think he will loose fans, but HE WILL LOOSE TO MAYWEATHER... lololol

  • HiddenD... Meako 2012/05/17 05:46:45
    Yet he (Mayweather) does not want to fight him. Lol!
  • Meako HiddenD... 2012/05/17 06:30:37

    I saw pacmans last fight, Money will destroy him....
  • HiddenD... Meako 2012/05/17 15:23:00
  • Meako HiddenD... 2012/05/17 17:28:48
    Ohh please, I saw both of thier last fights, its obvious who the better fighter is... Pacman will make more money in ths fight then all he has had put together, but the idiot wont agree to take the test... I would not fight a souped up fighter either...

    pacquiao take the test
  • HiddenD... Meako 2012/05/17 22:15:41
    Lol pssshhh forget about it.
  • Meako HiddenD... 2012/05/17 22:34:39
    Thats what pac man said...
  • HiddenD... Meako 2012/05/17 15:26:38
    I'm just telling you. . . Size don't matter. I'm a chick that boxes a lot of dudes. And a lot bigger than me. And let me tell you I haven't lost a fight yet.
    It would be a good fight though. Maybe you should email your boy to grow some hue vows. Lol
  • HiddenD... HiddenD... 2012/05/17 15:26:53
  • Meako HiddenD... 2012/05/17 17:39:17
    Honey I never mentioned size. Mayweather to me is just a better fighter, his work out regime is something I have never seen. My family is full of fighters, I have been around them all my life from brothers to uncles.. I have watched them both fight, Mayweather is faster, stronger and more skilled.. Pacman refuses to take the test, who knows what juice he is using to fight...

    Tell me one thing, why do you think pacman wont take the test? Its really very simple...

    money mayweather
  • Of Thee... HiddenD... 2012/05/17 07:11:18
    Of Thee I Sing...
  • HiddenD... Of Thee... 2012/05/17 15:23:57
  • owen Meako 2012/05/21 00:17:05
    I heard rumours in the gym that Mayweather is bisexual?
  • Meako owen 2012/05/21 04:56:26
    And he would bi-sexually whoop Pac Mans ass....
  • painted desert 2012/05/17 03:15:42
    painted desert
    Yes, as well he should. How is it hurting him? It's none of his business.
  • BB19 painted... 2012/05/17 03:56:12
    They asked him what he thought he didn't come out and hold a news conference and say he opposed it. So therefore the media made it his business. Or better yet they got into his business
  • painted... BB19 2012/05/17 05:12:20
    painted desert
    I agree they got into his business. But he then took it farther, he didn't have to say anything be he did. That's when he became a homophobic jerk. Who really needs to ask himself how are these people hurting me? They aren't. You still get paid for fighting, weather they are gay or not. So that part in really none of his business. But I'm not the least be surprised.
  • uninfor... painted... 2012/05/17 06:02:46
    I don't support gay men adopting children. Does that make me a homophobic jerk or a statistically aware jerk?
  • painted... uninfor... 2012/05/17 21:48:53
    painted desert
    Why not?
  • uninfor... painted... 2012/05/18 03:03:23
    Because the likelihood that the child will be intefered with is statistically greater with gay men.
  • painted... uninfor... 2012/05/18 04:27:24
    painted desert
    Where is your proof of that?
  • uninfor... painted... 2012/05/19 02:00:08
    Almost all sex crimes against children are committed by men.
    Up to one-third of all sex crimes against children are committed against boys.
    Gays make up a tiny minority of the population. (Anti-gay opponents typically cite a figure somewhere between 1% and 3%.)
    Therefore, gay men are committing a disproportionate share of sexual crimes against children.
  • owen uninfor... 2012/05/21 00:19:24
    I agree uninfor
  • owen painted... 2012/05/21 00:18:05
    Because its sheer madness.
  • BB19 painted... 2012/05/22 22:16:39
  • painted... BB19 2012/05/23 04:53:58
    painted desert
    Most people that don't believe in gay marriage have a problem with just the marriage of two same sex couples. They have a problem with same sex couples adopting children. Who are they hurting? Truly? No money is coming out of your pocket. Why is so hard to see that people just want to be able to be happy, without being judged. Children that are adopted, don't care. They just want to be loved, to have a home. And if two men or two women can give that to them. Then I say more power to them. And the best of luck. As far as the myths about gay men being more likely to molest their adopted children. It is just that a myth. Look it up. There is no proof.
  • BB19 painted... 2012/05/23 05:38:06
  • painted... BB19 2012/05/23 19:30:49
    painted desert
    Thanks, I think you are right, that I replied to the wrong person. But we are in agreement, I believe you are entitled to your opinion.
  • Redneck 2012/05/17 02:59:10
    I met him at Ninoy Aquino airport. Very nice guy. We need more people like him.
  • wtw 2012/05/17 02:55:19
    Probably 10 gays!
  • TC1116 2012/05/17 02:54:30
    I'm not sure that many people really care what he thinks. Plus...something tells me he may be voicing an opinion based on his own fears of being gay. Just saying.
  • uninfor... TC1116 2012/05/22 00:05:27 (edited)
    I think that the old adage of "if you don't support the gays it is because you are secretly gay" is well and truly dead. That piece of propaganda only worked for a short while and mostly only with stupid people.
  • TC1116 uninfor... 2012/05/22 04:24:05
    So your argument is what? That people care what he thinks? That people who make negative comments about "homosexuals" aren't in fear of their own sexuality, which is why they act out? Which was propaganda - what he said or what "I" said? I think you believe that you said something intelligent and meaningful. Unfortunately, no one would know from what you wrote. The only thing "well and truly dead" - is what you wrote. NEXT!
  • uninfor... TC1116 2012/05/22 07:11:46 (edited)
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