Mannie Pacquiao gets attacked by assailant over homophobic slur
Mannie Pacquiao was recently attacked outside a restaurant in Los Angeles, California, by a non-fan after he aired his homophobic views on same-sex marriage.
Pacquiao’s unknown attacker preyed on the Filipino boxer following his comparison between homosexuals and animals during an interview.
David Sisson, Pacquiao’s asistant said the attacker shouted the words; “F*** you. F*** you, you homophobic,” as he was being led away by security.
Sisson added: “Manny told them not to hurt the guy — and said ‘let him go, let him go’”.
The 37-year-old boxer then ordered his security team to ‘not press charges’.
Sisson also admits that Pacquiao and his team had anticipated such a move since his comments on same-sex marriage sparked outrage both in his country and the world.
The first person to stop the attack was Edward Lura, a close pal of Pacquiao.
Lura narrated pushing the attacker away from Pacquiao – who is an eight-time world boxing champion – and into the arms of the champ’s security team.
Lura said: “I really thought he would hit Manny. He almost got to him.”
Johnny Bantillan, Pacquiao’s security aide attempted to attack his boss’s assailant but he was restrained from acting out.
Mannie Pacquiao is presently preparing for a fight with Timothy Bradley on April 9.
During his interview back in February, Pacquiao was asked on his view on same-sex marriage. The boxing champ responded:
“It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better.
They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve male on male, female on female then man is worse than animals.”
That comment or point of view caused Pacquiao to lose his contract with sports gear giant, Nike. It said in a statement:
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”
“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”