The Examiner's Granville Ampong explained that, "Pacquiao never said nor recited, nor invoked and nor did he ever refer to such context," speaking about the provocative Bible passage that was incorrectly attributed to the Filipino boxer in news reports that stemmed from Ampong's recent post.
In addressing President Obama's stance on legalizing gay marriage, Pacquiao, a Roman Catholic, said in the interview, "God's words first ... obey God's law first before considering the laws of man." The additional Leviticus context was provided Ampong, the writer admitted.
The popular brawler and politician, named the 4th "Most Influential Athlete" in the world this year by Forbes, trains in Los Angeles and was scheduled to appear on the syndicated celebrity tv show "Extra" Wednesday at The Grove to promote his upcoming bout.
Despite being "not welcome" at the Grove by real estate developer and L.A. mayor candidate Rick Caruso, the boxer still planned to do the interview, according to Pacquiao spokesman Fred Sternburg, but at a different location, reports the L.A. Times.
In keeping with the statement posted on Pacquaio's official website, Sternburg said "[Manny's] not supportive of gay marriage, but he has nothing against gay people," he told the paper.
"The PacMan," despite being a devout Catholic, claims on his site that he hadn't even read the passage in question.
"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 said.
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