In the midst of an issue involving pound-for-pound rival Manny Pacquiao and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather professed his support for gay marriage on Twitter.
I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage. I’m an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 16, 2012
Ironically, Mayweather has been the target of criticism in the past because of homophobic hate speech. He once called a his father a “faggot” on HBO’s 24/7 program, and directed a racist, homophobic rant against Pacquiao in September 2010, for which he later apologized.
Pacquiao got into hot water over supposed comments in an inteview with blogger Granville Ampong encouraging violence against LGBT members, particularly quoting the Bible passage Leviticus 20:13 that promoted violence toward their members, which read: “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.”
But Ampong clarified in a follow-up blog post that he wasn’t quoting Pacquiao, and he wrote that passage himself.