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Manny Pacquiao again posts Bible verse saying gays should be put to death

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Manny Pacquiao is doubling down, sort of, on recent controversial statements about homosexuals.

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Manny Pacquiao posted and deleted the Bible verse (Leviticus 20:13) that says that gays should be put to death, something that also sparked some controversy for him back in 2012, before he then said he hadn't read Leviticus. We can assume he now has.

Here's the Instagram screencap from ABS-CBN:

I guess his quoting of Luke 6:22-23 is about Nike dumping him after he said homosexuals are worse than animals recently. Yesterday, Pacquiao's longtime promoter Bob Arum called Pacquiao's recent comments "reprehensible," and made clear that he does not share the opinions.

Pacquiao later apologized for his earlier comments, and of course he deleted this not long after it was posted, though it was up long enough to get some 18,000 "likes." It's a weird situation, because he's obviously saying things he believes, but then he backs down from having said them, either through apology or deleting the relevant social media post, as soon as there's backlash, or perhaps as soon as someone tells him there's going to be backlash.

The 37-year-old Pacquiao is running for a Senate seat in the Philippines, where he has served as a Congressman since 2010. His supposed final fight is coming on April 9, when he faces Timothy Bradley for the third time in Las Vegas.