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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  1. jocq

    In days of old when knights were bold and condoms were not yet invented, they wrapped a Sock around their kawc and babies were then prevented. He's an amazing boxer. A real life punching Bruce Lee.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lita

    As a Catholic Filipina woman I support having some kind of birth control in the Philippines instead of seeing starving filipino kids all over the place. Filipino Catholics cannot afford to feed them on a daily basis. We all have our own beliefs and should not be enforce to other. A lot of Catholic woman uses some form of birth control and do they deserve to get punish? I don't think so. Pacquia can say whatever he wants to say because he has the resources to provide as many children as he wants.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee415

      AMEN!!!! He sure can afford to have as many as he wants he's not going to support all the starving children even with his help in the Phil. it still wont be enough to feed and cloth all those children that will be born if they don't have the choices made available to them.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WhatToSay?

    Dang man. Much respect for the man as an athlete. Not so much for his philosophy of life. At least it's not just American athletes who say dumb $#!T.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sqeptiq

    fundamentalist christian: one who is deathly afraid that someone, somewhere, somehow is having fun.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CatholicMom

      sqeptiq,
      People need to live lives of purity and stop using their bodies in a way that causes degradation; married men and women are the only ones who have been blessed with the gift of s3xual pleasure…all others have stolen what was not yet for them.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      @CatholicMom

      What about men and women who weren't married in the Catholic church? Have they stolen this as well? Seems like yet another verse of "my way or the Highway"

      Don't try to push your religious, unfounded, beLIEfs on the rest of us.

      Oh and may God be less.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. scoto

    So they have republicans over there as well

    May 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. a bushby

    He is got already a brain impairment...

    May 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow123

      And so do you. Nice English.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jon

    @iagree, actually the old testament puts very little value on a fetus. I'd have to look it up, but I'm pretty sure that it states that if a man intentionally causes injury to a woman so as to cause her to lose a fetus then the man must pay the husband of said woman no more than a goat as recompense, or some such thing. If you believe a literal translation of the bible then it doesn't sound like God views a fetus as a human life. Read it for yourself promise it's in there.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4mercy

      I'm certain you are wrong.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher Caldwell

    "God said Go forth and multiply'". Really? Did he actually hear that, or did he just read it somewhere? God allegedly said a lot of other stuff, too, that we no longer do. Plus, God probably doesn't like fighting as a sport. What a weirdo this boxer is.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    That is in the Mosaic laws, the very laws that Moses himself brought down, supposedly given to him by god.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Manny has this one dead wrong. The Bible is not to be used to defend starving children in the Philippines. Birth control is the most obvious need of that nation. The Chinese limit each family to 1 child and the Philippines would be wise to do the same.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4mercy

      When the Chinese suffer the effects of their "Demographic Winter" then they will see the error of their ways in limiting the no. of children.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Clayton

    Man, this guy is an idiot...

    May 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cris0744

    He claimed that if his parents use birth control he would not be where he is right now, a boxing champ, undisputed and probably the best in the world. Maybe he should just box for the sport and leave the common sense to those who understand the issue. Easy for him to say when he has a few hundred million dollars in his bank, you're a good boxers but this subject has knocked you out cold!

    May 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TheBuckStopsHere

    The most misinterpreted verse of the Bible, by far. God commanded them to "go forth and multiply" to establish man's dominance over the planet. That was achieved long ago. For a long time, we've reached past that to the point where the population is unsustainable. The biggest threat to mankind right now is overpopulation that continues to increase while resources remain the same or decrease.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred

    I'm gonna take birth control advice (or any advice) from a guy who get's punched for a living? Great athlete? Alright, maybe, but his stance is blatantly irresponsible and stupid. Maybe a couple more shots to the head with fix him?

    May 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CSnord

    The man is a menace to the planet. What a flaming idiot. Antiquated religious beliefs are a pretty poor foundation on which to build public policy. Are you listening, Republican Party?

    May 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
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