Manny Pacquiao Says He Was Misquoted on Gay Marriage

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- International boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is speaking out, saying he was misquoted on the subject of gay marriage in a recent interview.

In an interview with National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao addressed President Obama's recent endorsement of same-sex marriage.

"God's words first ... obey God's law first before considering the laws of man," Pacquiao told the Examiner.

"God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married," the boxer is also quoted as saying.

"It should not be of the same sex, so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah."

The article, written by Granville Ampong, goes on to quote a passage from Leviticus. Here is the original text:

Pacquiao's directive for Obama calls societies to fear God and not to promote sin, inclusive of same-sex marriage and cohabitation, notwithstanding what Leviticus 20:13 has been pointing all along: "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."

Ampong has since clarified in a follow-up piece that Pacquiao did not use the Leviticus verse.

"Nowhere in my supposition and integration of my interview with Pacquiao did I mention that Pacquiao recited this Leviticus 20:13 nor did I imply that Pacquiao had quoted such," he writes.

"I have simply reminded in my column how God made it clear in the Old Testament time that such practice of same-sex marriage is detestable and strictly forbidden, in as much as God wants to encourage his people practices that lead to health and happiness and fullness of life."

Pacquiao's camp released this statement on his official website Wednesday morning:

Manny Pacquiao has never stated that anyone in the Gay Community deserved death.His statements were taken out of context, and were not his opinion.Pacquiao is simply against the marriage of anyone that is not Man and Woman as he believes is stated in the Bible."I didn't say that, that’s a lie… I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven't read the Book of Leviticus yet," he said.Pacquiao does not now and has never believed that people deserve death because of their sexual orientation.

After the original article was published, Pacquiao was banned from the Grove, which is owned by Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso.

On Monday night, a post on the Grove's Twitter account read: "Boxer Manny Pacquiao is not welcome at @TheGroveLA. @TheGroveLA is a gathering place for all Angelenos, not a place for intolerance."

Pacquiao was scheduled to make appearance on "Extra" on Wednesday, which usually films at the Grove.

The boxer sat down with "Extra" at another location to set the record straight.

"I'm against the same-sex marriage, but I didn't say that I'm condemning the gays becasue I have gay relatives and friends," Paquiao said.

He went on to say that his favorite Bible verse is "Love thy neighbor," and that he loves everybody.

Pacquiao -- the current WBO Welterweight Champion -- is rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by several sporting news and boxing websites.

He is listed at No. 4 on Forbes' list of most influential athletes in the world.

Paquiao is the first eight-division world champion, having won six world titles.

He is also the first boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

Pacquiao is congressman in his homeland of the Philippines, where the devout Catholic has a record of voting along conservative lines.

Last year, he opposed a law that would make contraception available to most Filipinos and mandate sex education.

Pacquiao's next fight is slated for June 9 against Timothy Bradley.

Boxing fans have long clamored for a bout between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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