Filipino boxing champion and Saranggani representative Manny Pacquiao was barred from an interview of U.S. television show "Extra" in The Grove in Los Angeles for making an anti-gay remark.
"Extra" was being taped at The Grove, a popular shopping and celebrity hotspot in Los Angeles, California. On its Twitter post, The Grove LA said Pacquiao is not welcome at their place.
Boxer Manny Pacquiao is not welcome @TheGroveLA. @TheGroveLA is a gathering place for all Angelenos, not a place for intolerance.
— The Grove LA (@TheGroveLA) May 16, 2012
Pacquiao was supposed to appear at The Grove for an interview by long-time friend and "Extra" host Mario Lopez of his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley (and probably a future deal with undefeated fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.).
|Manny Pacquiao was supposed to be interviewed by Extra host Mario Lopez in The Grove, L.A., but was barred due to his anti-gay remark over the weekend. PHOTO: LA Weekly|
I hope you can make it to @TheGroveLA on Wednesday at 3:30 pm and see me interviewed by my friend @MarioLopezExtra. #PacBradley @TRBoxing
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) May 15, 2012
Tomorrow @3pm my boy @MannyPacquiao will be @TheGroveLA ! We'll talk fights, politics, movies & maybe a little singing.. Come on by! #PacMan
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) May 15, 2012
But because of his remark over the weekend, he told the National Conservative Examiner that gay men should be put to death for their sexual crimes. Reportedly quoting Leviticus 20:13, Pacquiao said: "If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
Pacquiao has also expressed his view about the same-sex marriage, rejecting U.S. President Barack Obama's approval of the issue: "God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old."