(SPOT.ph) Sen. Manny Pacquiao has made headlines again after his camp announced the possibility of another match for the supposedly-retired boxer on Tuesday, July 12. It’s not the first time that the former Sarangani representative made confusing statements. Here’s a quick look at of some of them.
When he said he would retire
Pacquiao formally announced his retirement after a unanimous-decision victory over Timothy Bradley in April 2016. “Yes, I am retired. I want to go home to my family and serve the people,” he said in a post-fight press conference. “My heart is 50/50. I might enjoy my retired life or I might want to come back. It’s hard to say because I’m not there yet. But right now my decision is to retire,” he added.
Two months later, rumblings of a comeback surfaced when it was reported that Pacquiao's longtime promoter, Bob Arum, reserved the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for an October 15 fight. On Tuesday night, July 6, Arum told the Guardian that “[Pacquiao] now has given [them] the go-ahead to shop for a venue and an opponent and see if [they] can do it on a particular date or dates.” They would also have to consider the dates when Pacquiao can take a leave of absence from the Senate for three weeks to complete his training in the U.S.
When he said that people shouldn't vote for him anymore
Pacquiao was grilled by the press in January 2015 after it became known that his attendance record in the House of Representatives was highly unsatisfactory. Out of 70 session days, he was present for only seven—three of these were "excused absences." Cristina DC Pastor of New York-based magazine The FilAm quoted Pacquiao as saying "May ginagawa naman tayo, hindi lang tayo nakaupo. 'Yong iba diyan, nakaupo lang, gawa ng gawa ng batas. Tumutulong naman tayo sa tao." When grilled further, the former congressman segued, "Mas gusto ko nga kung natalo ako, sana natalo na lang ako. Huwag niyo na ako iboto. Mas gusto ko nga matalo na lang ako." Pastor also wrote that Pacquiao implied that he could have helped more people as a private citizen.
Pacquiao went on to win a seat in the Senate in the May 2016 elections.
When he said that he's against same sex marriage but not the LGBT community
In an interview with Bilang Pilipino on February 2016, Pacquiao expressed his disapproval on the issue of same-sex marriage. "As a Christian, bawal naman ‘yong same-sex marriage. Ginawa ang babae para sa lalaki, ginawa ang lalaki para sa babae. Kasi para sa akin ito lang, common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa ‘yong hayop. Marunong kumikilala, kung lalaki o lalaki, babae, babae. Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao," he said.
He immediately drew flak for the statement, which led to Nike dropping their endorsement deal with the boxing champ.
A day after, he posted on his Instagram account, "I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you."