If you’re looking for boxing lessons in NYC, it never hurts to catch up on some of the latest news surrounding well-known boxers.
Following an interview with the National Conservative Examiner, famous WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao faced a slew of controversy regarding his opinion on gay marriage, which he stated last month. Pacquiao, an outwardly conservative Catholic, was quoted as saying, “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married,” angering members of the LGBTQ community and their allies.
With such a hot button topic of gay marriage, editors and staff members of more liberal publications were quick publicly chastised the boxer, especially after incorrectly jumping to the conclusion that a mentioned Bible passage which “sentences gays to death” was Manny’s quote. Pacquiao has since then stated that he does not hold this view at all. Rather, he says that he’s “not against gay people,” but just doesn’t believe they should be legally married.
Of course, the boxing community stereotypically hasn’t been open to change from its highly male-dominated roots. Women have struggled since the 1950’s for a better position in official boxing leagues, fighting inside the ring and out for gender equality and fair treatment within the sport.
Today, while a great deal of progress has been in the last sixty years, there is still some debate over whether women have gained a fair and established position. The more recent issue, however, is the position of the gay community within the boxing world. With so many issues regarding the treatment of minority groups, the integrity of the boxing community have been called into question
When statements like Pacquiao’s, the outlook does not seem to be a positive one. However, many people, especially within the boxing community, have come to defend gay rights, speaking out against his conservative position, and the way in which he made it known, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was one boxer who took to Twitter to express his pro-gay rights views.
If the progression of women’s boxing is any indication of how the LGBTQ boxers will handle their setbacks, it will hopefully be soon that the gay community will have an equal right to be in the ring, and to wear one.
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