Boxer Manny Pacquiao Banned From L.A. Mall After Anti-Gay Remarks

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May 16 2012, Published 3:00 p.m. ET

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By Neil Woulfe News Director

Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been banned from The Grove, a posh outdoor shopping mall in Los Angeles, and that’s a problem since he was scheduled to tape an interview Wednesday afternoon with the syndicated show Extra, which shoots there with host Mario Lopez.

The ban comes after the popular boxer --  a devout Catholic and a Congressman in his homeland of the Philippines -- made inflammatory comments against same sex marriage in wake of President Obama’s support of marriage equality.

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In a recent interview, Pacquiao  -- the first-ever to win titles in eight different weight classes --  told the National Conservative Examiner that he doesn't agree with Obama. He then cited Leviticus 20:13, telling the publication that "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." 

In response, a spokesperson with The Grove posted this tweet late Tuesday: Boxer Manny Pacquiao is not welcome @TheGroveLA. @TheGroveLA is a gathering place for all Angelenos, not a place for intolerance.

Prior to The Grove made its decision public, Lopez tweeted his excitement about the upcoming interview, saying:  Tomorrow @3pm my boy @MannyPacquiao will be @TheGroveLA! We'll talk fights, politics, movies & maybe a little singing.. Come on by! #PacMan

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As of Wednesday morning, Lopez had not yet to publicly commented on The Grove’s decision to not allow the interview to take place on its property.

Nicknamed “The Pac-Man,”  Pacquiao is listed at No. 4 on Forbes' list of most influential athletes in the world.

His next fight is scheduled for June 9 against Timothy Bradley.


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