Manny Pacquiao at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Jan 2016. Photo credit Kylie Krabbe Whyufight.

Manny Pacquiao Banned For Anti-Gay Statements


In what marks an especially inauspicious start to boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s (57-6-2, 38KOs) return to Los Angeles on Saturday, March 12th to train with longtime coach Freddie Roach for his farewell fight against Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13KOs), scheduled for April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Pacquiao has been officially banned from the upscale outdoor mall in Los Angeles, California known as the Grove.  The official reason for the expulsion stems from more corporate backlash following homophobic statements Pacquiao made in his home country of the Philippines effectively comparing gays to animals by saying that they were “worse than animals” as a matter of “common sense,” during an appearance on the Filipino station TV5.

Well before this recent vote of no confidence from the Grove, already these statements had cost the fighter dearly both in terms of lost popularity and lost finances with NIKE dropping all contracts and ties to the superstar in late February immediately after his anti-gay statements with the public announcement that NIKE, “strongly opposes discrimination of any kind,”and found Pacquiao’s statements “abhorrent.”

This week’s official ruling came down from the Grove after Pacquiao took his entourage to see a movie at the Grove’s movie theater as a means of relaxation after training.  Per the Grove’s owner Rick Caruso via TMZ and The Los Angeles Times, Caruso stated unequivocally that: “Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome,” at the Grove with Caruso adding, “A lot of people from the gay community come to the Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable.”

It should be noted that in fact this is not the first time Pacquiao has been banned from the Grove – as per previous reports in the news and past tweets on the Grove’s official twitter page.  In 2012, Pacquiao was banned for a biblical verse that he quoted declaring homosexual acts to be punishable by death.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the statements of Pacquiao, or the reaction of Caruso on behalf of the Grove, once again in this highly politicized and divisive national climate, the expulsion of an public figure from a fairly public (though privately owned) business certainly brings to mind hard questions pertaining to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion, as Pacquiao bases his anti-gay beliefs on scripture as a devout Christian.  In any case, it will be interesting to see what happens next with Manny Pacquiao as well as the rest of our nation as we get closer and closer to the election of a new commander in chief.

  • 129 Ded Piig Skiin Peckerwoods

    He’s probably confused. Pig skin peckerwoods are a cancer to society. They start wars and genocides everywhere they go. And they are rallying around some clown who hates every race, women, and religious group… yet they want to make him a bad guy for gay comments.

    • Anthony Mason

      Shut up you racist. You are being very disrespectful to non racist white hip hop fans….

      • therealest1

        That individual has to be a troll job. Look at the users who voted. It might be derived from multiple created accounts. Too much time on that person’s hands I guess.

      • ZUBU

        Word Bro… Nobody who has given him likes or up votes is a regular on this site, peep it… Seems like some agent shiitt, trying to bait brothers in to appearing as if we are hateful…Naw we don’t hate anyone we just don’t like to be hated for being black…

      • Joe Joiner

        What did he say that was hateful? whites have gone all over the world and oppressed people, case in point im typing you in english and I’m african american

      • ZUBU

        Hey dude go away…Far, far away………

      • Well, if you look at the facts…Is he wrong ?

        Obama and his administration have some serious blood on their hands as well although you could still argue that’s white power structure.

      • Could you argue that it isn’t???

      • Gonja

        They hate the truth when it’s negative and not about people of color.

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        NI((A IM SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anthony Mason

        Sorry bout? Lol.

      • DJ7

        Sorry to break it to you b.u.t. there’s NO such thing as a non racist white person…

      • Anthony Mason

        In the suburbs….not in the hood bruh. I know some white cats who hate other white people because black people are the only ones showing them love. Real s***….

      • DJ7

        Don’t matter, I lived in both! Jane Elliott says different and she’s far more knowledgeable then the both of us on the subject…with extensive research to support her claims…I tend to agree with her and the teachings of the great elders over anyone not fully educated in the field. No shots

      • Anthony Mason

        So are you saying there is no such thing as non racist people?

      • DJ7

        No

      • Anthony Mason

        Ok then. Not all people dislike other skin colors. Some white girls only like dark black men some dark black men only are attracted to whites…

        Its all perception…

      • That’s why though, what if whites showed them love, cleaned them up & gave them corporate jobs, eating well off exploiting Blacks???

      • Anthony Mason

        Like I said, some white people don’t f*** with whites. Not all whites in the hood are capable of holding corporate jobs or could even pass a drug screen….

      • In general, that’s exactly why they fugg with Blacks.

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        That’s a completely false statement and you know it. Yin and Yang. If racist white people exist, non racist white people exist. This is universal law.

      • DJ7

        I didn’t conduct the experiments fam…the information is out there for you to study and make your own assessment. Look up Jane Elliott, brown eye, blue eye test…she’s been doing this exam for a long time with the same results…she says ALL white people are racist…b4 birth…she’s white btw

      • True but, what about “TIME” and it’s supposed counter part in universal law?

      • TRUTH SPEAKER

        i dont know about that please enlighten me.

      • Time has no counterpart because it’s man made.
        Saturn = Satan
        God of Satan = Chronos
        Chronos in Greek = 666

    • Leonard Tarver

      Dude Ive seen your comments everywhere and even if it has nothing to do with racism, you still bring white people up…

    • Anthony Mason

      Those upvotes are all real guys…

      @ “129 Dead PIG SKIN Peckerwoods” is the truth out this b****/ Nigga probably sucks on blow pops eying dudes up and poops out of his d*** (lmao!)/ Let me stop / Nigga just wants to generate another 2000 clicks….

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  • In Black America

    i feel like I heard this story a while ago

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  • HyPhYMAN

    The gay agenda at its finest. You think they turn away racist white boys from movie theaters cause they make black folks uncomfortable? Not a chance.

    • Like that’s the same. Pacman has a voice. Globally known.

      • HyPhYMAN

        It is the same. They might as well not let anybody who follows the bible in there either cause that’s the source of the whole thing. I bet they let trump in that bitch to watch a movie and he hates mexicans.

      • Its not the same.

        Famous people have a lot more impact.
        Don’t know how you could deny that.

      • Trump analogy was on point!

  • JamalFromGhostwriter

    Ok… And how is this hip hop?

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  • dbfromdc

    WHO GIVES A SHIT!!!

  • Banksy

    You can diss Black people and other minorities until your hearts content but if you say anything about Gays and Jews then you will shut all the way down. Ask Mel Gibson

    • Steelmatic

      The only people you can diss these days and not worry bout it is white people.

      • Banksy

        I beg to differ when consider the established power structure. That said I respect your opinion and will leave it at that.

      • Knickfan4life

        Jews are caucasian😒and if you say something about jews you are done.

      • ** Fake jews **

      • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

        Agreed. We really, truly, honestly don’t give a shit.

    • The Gary Group

      What Mel say.about Jews or homos?

      • Banksy

        Mel told the truth about the Jews and they black balled him in Hollywood. look it up

      • The City

        The real Jews or the fake ones?

      • Fake ones.

  • DrakeDoesn’tWrite

    Banny Pacquioa lol

  • The agenda is in place, and the best way to rule the masses is in the use of fear.

  • Banned from a mall?! What the f*ck, is this Junior High or some sh*t? What’s next, barring him from the local movie theater? If I were Manny I’d laugh like hell at this sh*t. This is some dumb ass sh*t. Probably some gay ass dude works there and went to complain to management.

  • Drake’s 3rd best Ghostwriter

    Just insult white people. We don’t care at all. We insult ourselves all the time.

  • Riko7467

    Gays are like animals, fu(king disgusting!!!

  • hoeyuno

    That’s gay! Kate Jenner for President!!!

  • rippimp

    Funny thing is, this wasn’t the first time they banned him either. I really wonder Pac isn’t getting attacked by the LGBT’s for those comments since this wasn’t the first time. He wasn’t even supposed to fight Floyd since he was supposed to be under scrutiny for the first comments he made about gays….

  • STEPH

    The owner of the mall is probably gay

  • Markus

    A person being banned from a mall for unpopular comments against others. Sounds criminal and unfair to me.

    • A private business can refuse to do business with whomever, it’s the government that isn’t allowed to punish free speech or obstruct religions.

      If Manny called your mom a dumb Ni993r B’i$h, it’s not a freedom of speech issue if you bust him in the mouth!

  • Angelswingspread

    God created Adam and Eve to be together according to his instruction…Amen

    • Soulrebel1

      Not even religious but I heard your god makes no mistakes and don’t question his plans obviously gay people are in them….

  • EL CHAPO GUZMAN

    Gays are more worthless then bugs

    • Check back in a few yrs…….