By George Mills, courtesy of The Daily Star
FILIPINO brawler Manny Pacquiao is no stranger to controversy.
The 37-year-old boxer-turned-politician recently landed himself in hot water following a series of derogatory and offensive statements about homosexuals.
“If we approve male on male, female on female marriage, then man is worse than animal,” he said in a statement on the prospect of legalising same-sex marriage in the Philippines.
Sports giant Nike dropped Pacquiao following his outburst but he still refused to retract his comments, stating: “I am not condemning them, just the marriage which is a sin against God.”
More than six months later, Pacman has stirred up further controversy in the boxing world.
During an appearance on Fox Sports’ Undisputed show, Pacquiao claimed he believed he had won in his 2015 super-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
“I threw a lot more punches than him and I thought I did more than he did,” he said. “But like I said, I know how to accept loss and I respect the decision of the judges. In my heart if you ask me, of course I still believe I won the fight.”
Mayweather emerged victorious from the bout, but the result was largely criticised by fans for its lack of action.
The unbeaten Mayweather executed a defensive plan to avoid Pacquiao’s formidable punching power resulting in Pacquiao essentially chasing the American around the ring during a 12-round stalemate.
Some observers have suggested that Mayweather’s anti-boxing style should have cost him the fight, with Pacman showing a willingness to try and make something happen.
After initially announcing his retirement from the sport in April to focus on his political career, Pacquiao decided to return to the ring to take on WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in November.
"Boxing is my main source of income,” he said. “I can’t rely on my salary as a public official.”