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Writer clarifies the quote that 'Pacquiao never said'

Manny Pacquiao Media Day Workout

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Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines trains on the speed bag during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez

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Manny Pacquiao knocks back Juan Manuel Marquez with a left to the body in the first round during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The controversial Manny Pacquaio interview where the fighter allegedly disparaged gay men was clarified Wednesday by the writer who calls the misunderstanding "a fatal twist" of his report.

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.


Topshop to oust Banana Republic at the Grove


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Topshop, the UK retailer with a worldwide following, will be assuming power at the Grove in Los Angeles on the corner currently occupied by Banana Republic.

Expect an early-morning, Apple store-eque lineup when the 25,000-square-foot store opens its doors (hopefully) in November 2012. Fashion website Refinery 21 predicts "some die-hard sartorialists will even tent up overnight" in anticipation of the company's "on-trend, fairly priced wares."

Though slated to open in time for the holiday shopping season, the British fashion chain may not actually see lights-on until February 2013 should any unexpected issues arise, said developer Rick Caruso, notes the L.A. Times.

Caruso said he'd been negotiating for two years with Topshop owner Sir Philip Green for a Los Angeles location.

Banana Republic will be moving to a smaller kingdom in the mall.