Manny Pacquiao laces up gloves in country's fight over birth control
Manny Pacquiao, right, easily defeated Shane Mosely this month, but can he repeat in the Filipino birth control bout?
May 20th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Manny Pacquiao laces up gloves in country's fight over birth control

Manny Pacquaio's latest fight could be much tougher than pounding on “Sugar” Shane Mosley for 12 rounds.

Fresh off his trouncing of the American welterweight contender, Pacquiao, 32 who also serves as a Sarangani representative in the Filipino Congress has entered the ring again to denounce a reproductive health bill that he and his fellow lawmakers are considering.

The bill has several controversial provisions, such as the requirement that women experiencing problems after abortions, which would still be banned, must be treated humanely and compassionately.

Pacquiao and President Benigno Aquino III, a backer of the bill, agree abortion should be outlawed, The Manila Times reported. Where they part ways is on the issue of contraception, according to Filipino media.

Aquino believes couples should be educated on birth control and should be free to choose the method they deem most appropriate, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Pacquiao, on the other glove, opposes contraception and paraphrased Genesis to defend his stance.

God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.' He did not say, ‘Go and have just one or two children,’” the People’s Champ said, according the paper.

Some of the bill’s supporters slammed his literal interpretation of the Bible. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the pugilist, who is Catholic, like 81% of Filipinos, was acting like a fundamentalist. Disregarding his status as a fellow legislator, she further questioned his foray into what she said was a sociopolitical issue.

“We cannot be know-it-alls. It will be very misleading to use his celebrity status to enter into what is, after all, a great debate on the political economy,” she told the Daily Inquirer.

PacMan’s remarks are not controversial solely on religious or political grounds. As Defensor-Santiago pointed out, Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, recently acknowledged taking birth control pills.

The Phillipines’ GMA News reported this week that a doctor said Jinkee Pacquiao also an opponent of the reproductive health bill began using the pills after the couple’s fourth child, Queenie, was born. She took them to get back in shape, according to reports.

“That was in the past, but now she no longer does,” GMA quoted the eight-division champ as telling reporters.

Citing an April poll from the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit focusing on sex education and health, GMA News said Pacquiao’s wife wasn’t different from the overwhelming majority of Catholic women who have sex.

The poll states that 98% of those polled have used some means of contraception “other than natural family planning.”

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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. David, CA

    The Bible forbids boxing (yeah it's in there somewhere). And boxing gloves (leather) Burnnnnnn Pac man BUUUUURRrrrnnnnnn!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Henry - Sunnyvale

    Looks like somebody has been hit in the head one too many times. Does he really his country to end up like China and India?

    May 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Denizen Kate

    He is against birth control, but his wife takes the pill.

    Thank you for reporting this, CNN. It's so refreshing to know that U.S. politicians are not the only ones who are hypocrites.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Oh for Pete's sake!

    Gosh darn religion in lawmaking again! SICK OF IT!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robin Bray

    Not news CNN. Time-Warner bought CNN and the company went down the toilet.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. weacro

    God said go forth and mulitply....he never said we didnt have the right to choose how many and when so condom up people!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. McFly

    When I'm boxing in the ring, I wear two condoms, but when I street fight, I take one off and feel like a wildman.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Solar

      LMAOOOOO that was good.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      props to Dennis Miller for that bit.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. va

    The Philipines already has an overpopulation probem and too many babies.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      The WORLD has an overpopulation problem. Virtually every problem facing the world today, especially environmental ones, boils down to their being too many people on the planet.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mantra

    Just another example of the media giving a free platform to any self-promoting, brain damaged celebrity who's preposterous ideas will generate web traffic. It's not news it's CNN.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jon

    Try the rhythm method. That way you won't have more than about 6 or 7 kids.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cricket

    Yep! Cap it before you tap it!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. What would he say now?

    I have a difficult time believing that God would look to us now and say "go forth and multiply" without constraint. Somehow it seems very unlikely that over-population, and the steady decreasing of our natural resources would be what God had in mind. It's an irresponsible stance for humans to take, and negates the wonderful, logical, thinking tool he gave us when we were Blessed with brains!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul


    May 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cyn507

    great, another know it all man w/out a set of ovaries spouting off at the mouth on women's reproductive rights. just shut up. and to be ok w/his wife taking serious horomones just to "get in shape"? he's as nutz as she it! what a loser. keep your rosary off the ovary.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ace

    I'm sure if a God did say "go forth and multiply" he meant with in reason not to destroy the earth. maybe just enough to ensure a health population.. To bad he didn't toss a little more commonsense into the mix.. or maybe we just inbreed that out..

    May 20, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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