Same-sex marriage comments won't impact Pacquiao in ring
Manny Pacquiao's controversial comments on gay marriage and his newfound devotion to religion will not affect his preparations for his return to the ring, according to trainer Freddie Roach.
The Filipino fury caused a bit of a stir last week when he responded to a question about same-sex marriages in the wake of support for such unions from US President Barrack Obama by saying he was not in favor of gay marriage.
However, the ensuing report added a Biblical quote, one ‘Pacman’ didn’t mention, which called for homosexuals to be put to death.
"Somebody asked me what my opinion of legalising same-sex marriage is," Pacquiao said. "I said what I think. It is against the law of God."
And the storm will not distract the boxing star from getting ring ready for his upcoming WBO welterweight title bout with Tim Bradley, something the unbeaten American will surely not want to hear.
"Manny Pacquiao is very fired up, very motivated," Roach said. "He has had a great training session. Everything is right where it is supposed to be. We've had a great training camp. Manny's focus is the best I have ever seen.
"I think you're going to see the best Manny Pacquiao yet."
Roach added that Pacquiao’s recent comments should be confined to history, adding: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. I don't think it will be a distraction. TMZ was here for a couple days. We pacified them and that was it."
Pacquiao, 54-3 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, has taken to Bible study rather than nightlife these days, but he’ll still pack a punch when he goes up against Bradley in Las Vegas on June 9.
"It will not affect my job," Pacquiao said. "When I commit my life to the Lord, it's not about my job. Whatever my job is, that's a pleasure from God.
"I'm just doing my best to work hard and focus on the fight. Training is going good. I'm ready for the fight.
"Tim Bradley is not the kind of boxer we underestimate. He's a champion," he added. "I don't know what he's going to bring into the ring but I'm prepared for whatever he brings on that night. We're ready for movement or boxing. I'm so ready to fight. It feels good."