Boxing legend and Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao opposes bill which would prohibit discrimination against transgenders.
No matter how rich, educated, or successful you are, how you care for and treat others is what matters the most. pic.twitter.com/WcUwchHmcQ
— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) February 8, 2017
Manny Pacquiao usually conveys the fair treatment of others – except when those others are gay or transgender. The Filipino Senator is fighting a bill in his native country which would prohibit discrimination against the oft-marginalized group.
The basis of Pacquiao’s opposition? The Bible doesn’t allow cross-dressing.
“Even in the Bible, we read that the woman should wear women’s [clothing]; and the man, for men’s wear,” Pacquiao said. “That’s what I believe.” – Boxingscene
Pacquiao has routinely railed against homosexuality since taking public office in the Philippines.
His stance on the issue cost him his sponsorship with sneaker and apparel giant Nike last year after he suggested gays be put to death.
His popularity has declined in recent years, as Pacquiao has been unable to generate 1 million PPV buys since his record-breaking 2015 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
There’s no definitive proof his anti-homosexual stance is to blame, but his archaic views on social issues contradict his “man of the people” appeal.