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. IBON4IT

    What an idiot.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      God Dammit Pacquiao!!!
      I liked you, I rooted for you, I even ordered a fight or two and what do you do??
      You have to open your god damn mouth and spew your politics??

      Flippin moron.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      He is brain-damaged pervert.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • TinKnight

      B=Dog, while I disagree with his stance, he is an elected member of the Filipino Congress and has every right to debate that nation's politics...
      It would be like saying that Fred Thompson should've never said anything about politics because of him being an actor, despite the fact that he was a Senator.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUSayDelusion?

      The dude is a Neanderthal. What does he think, that he can make up other people's minds for them, like they keep trying to do in the USA? I wouldn't watch another fight of his; I reject people who are delusional like that. It sure makes a point on saying those kinds of delusional things, because then everyone KNOWS your an idiot!

      May 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShutUP

      follow the lead – shutup

      May 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Annexian

    Well, due to overpopulation and a sh– economy that moralist panderers use these things to cover up, there will always be a cute, FRESH supply of desperate Phillipino women for us "Gentleman Tourists" to go on "Dates" with;-)

    Love you (platonically, I'm straight) Manny Pacquiao! I'll just remember to bring my OWN Condoms, the ladies don't know where I been:-)

    May 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fajita

    What a disgusting man. Must have had a lot of brain damage to be that stupid.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat?

    WWJD? If Jesus came back to earth and saw the starvation and overpopulation,not to mention the environmental damage. I think Jesus would say STOP!! Doesn't the bible also say something about helping ourselves. We can continue to overpopulate but it is a matter of either we control the population or nature will control the population. People are already starving and there is not enough clean water to go around. In the US I have to wonder if we are even able to produce enough food for ourselves. How many farms have become Mc Mansions? How much more food are we importing because we are not producing it in the US? We need to wake up! Children are precious and we should not bring them into a world where poverty and starvation are their fate.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4mercy

      I don't know what Jesus would do, but IMO, with regard to overpopulation he would say, "The Lord shall provide." He didn't say "the Lord might provide" or "the Lord will think about providing"... Matthew 6:26-27 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? "

      May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanUSayDelusion?

      Yeah...I think the birds fend for themselves, thank you, unless god is an 8 year old with french fries. They've evolved from the dinosaurs, you know, so those birds have been doing it for a long time without gods help. Didn't he mention that?

      May 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CatholicMom

      Saywhat?
      That is what many people do ….’help themselves’ instead of helping their neighbor.
      It is the 'me-me-me' mentality which is harmful to mankind.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      @CatholicMom,

      Growing up, I often heard the expression "The Lord helps those who help themselves" and I grew up in a Catholic Household. So which is it?

      May 21, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cricket

    @joe:
    Also true.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MoA

    Seriously dude, stick to boxing.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonathan

    This is the same man who has cheated on his wife and was fortunate enough not to get this other woman pregnant. Sooner or later, the low intelligence of this person will catch up to him. Until then, the slow-moving masses who follow him should try not to be as faithful to their beliefs as they are now. Idiots!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CatholicMom

      Jonathan,
      So are you suggesting that people cheat but use condoms?

      May 21, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      @Catholic Mom

      No, he's obviously suggesting that the tried and tested "rythem method" is the way to go... if he was advocating condom use, he'd have stated how lucky he was to not get an STI while cheating on his wife.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AwesomeDude

    Pac is a tough guy and I wouldn't want to mess with him. But since this is the internet... Pac only recently finished his GED. He never went to school until after he started winning money in boxing. He got an HONORARY degree in Physical "Science" (whatever that means) for his contributions to boxing. He's been hit in the head one too many times to start mandating his ultra-conservative right-wing catholic values on anyone.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CatSh

    Pacquiao's wife should make a deal with him – no birth control, fine. But if I ever catch you with some young shapely thing after having all your kids, the next form of birth control method I'm going to try is the 'Lorena Bobbitt' method!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jezmundberzerker

    Shame on him. He lost a fan, me.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cricket

    @Catsh: lol!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cricket

    @TinKnight: Why didn't you use Arnold as your example?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rex Dominguez

    I lament the fact that within my lifetime, I will not see the human race leave the Dark Ages behind. Still they want to believe and follow ideas that were created thousands of years ago. The planet is over-populated as it is and the people who cannot even support 2 children are the ones having 4-8. Please...human race...WAKE UP!!!!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jon

    Hey Manny! What are you doing bro?! I really liked you. In fact, you gained so much respect not only from the Filipinos but from a lot of people all over the world because of your achievement in life. Now that you are an elected politician, please don't ruin your name by becoming a puppet! Serve the people and think if this will in fact improve the life of the Filipinos before you fight for something that you don't fully understand.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. filipino_atheist

    Only 64% of Filipinos are catholics, not 81%. Catholicism is a vile, pathetic, backward, hypocritical, reactionary, destructive religion. Look around and you will find that this horrible cult combined with third world countries don't mix well together.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
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