By Edward Chaykovsky
Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao is not bothered by the recent statements made against him by athletes Magic Johnson and Dave Bautsista.
Earlier this week, Pacquiao created a firestorm of controversy when he criticized same sex marriages and compared homosexuals to animals.
The LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] community came out in full force, with harsh responses coming from multiple directions.
Pacquiao, who is very religious, apologized for the comments but also stood by his beliefs. The boxer is not in favor of same sex marriages.
Clothing giant Nike were the first to distance themselves from the controversy by publicly ending their business relationship with Pacquiao.
Even the fighter's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, was quick to step away from a very sensitive subject.
Magic Johnson, a longtime boxing fan who is often ringside at Pacquiao's fights, has promised to boycott all future bouts involving the Filipino star.
He won't have to boycott too many, with Pacquiao promising to retire following his April 9th trilogy bout with Tim Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Former WWE superstar and Hollywood actor Dave Bautista called Pacquiao a "f***ing idiot. Bautista's mother is a lesbian and he took real offense to the fighter's statements. Bautista has also been a longtime supporter of Pacquiao and walked the boxer to the ring in 2009 for his HBO Pay-Per-View bout with Ricky Hatton.
Following a training session in General Santos City on Saturday, Pacquiao was asked if he was bothered by the comments flying in from Magic Johnson, Bautista and others.
"I'm not bothered, that's the world. I mean, Jesus lives in me so I'm always happy," Pacquiao. "Says the Bible, everyday has enough troubles of its own, so don't be bothered about that."