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Saturday, 20 February 2016 13:17

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

It’ way past 12 noon, and Sound Snipings is just starting to grind. So, this piece today will be full of lifted portions from the national dailies. And likely brief. Think so?

Today’s papers are hugged by two big issues. One is the Manny Pacquiao brouhaha, the second - repentance.

The first issue began with these words of Pacquiao, “I love you all with the love of the Lord. I am praying for you,” his video post read.

“It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals,”

Thereupon, his comments were weathered with revulsion, practically everywhere, including the United States, where same-sex marriage is enshrined in law under a historic Supreme Court ruling.

Soon after, Pacquiao’s crisis, came to be known as his toughest foe ever, labelled “Gayweather.

Jason Collins, the first self-announced gay athlete in the NBA, dismissed Pacquiao as “bigoted.”

“I lost all respect for you,” Collins wrote on Twitter. “Bigoted people like you (& yes you are one) should never hold an office in politics.”

Pacquiao’s long-time rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. - who outclassed the Filipino in their money-spinning mega-fight last year — also took aim at the remarks.

“We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. To each his own,” Mayweather was quoted by TMZ Sports as saying.

In the Philippines, one of the country’s most popular gay comedianes, Vice Ganda, urged his 6.7 million Twitter followers to “?#?Pray? For Manny Pacquiao”.

Singer Aiza Seguerra, who recently married her actress-girlfriend, called on Filipino voters to boycott Pacquiao, who is also preparing for his last boxing fight in April, calling him an “ignorant, bigoted hypocrite.”

“You might have done our country proud but with your statement, you just showed the whole country why we shouldn’t vote for you,” Seguerra said in a post on Instagram.

Meanwhile, US sports equipment giant Nike on Wednesday axed Manny Pacquiao, while prospective sponsors for his April 9 fight with Tim Bradley are withdrawing after he described gay couples as “worse than animals.”

A Nike statement said the company had severed its ties with Pacquiao.

And of the pulling out, hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum confirmed that Top Rank prospective sponsors are withdrawing from the April 9 fight between Pacquiao and Bradley.

McKelvey, Top Rank’s executive vice president for marketing, was working on a contract renewal for Pacquiao with Wonderful Pistachios but the 84-year-old Arum bared that it “didn’t want anything to do” with the promotion.

The first to pull the plug on Pacquiao is Nike, which also severed ties with cycling legend Lance Armstrong and one-legged sprinter Oscar Pistorius.

Pacquiao has a lucrative endorsement deal with Nike until the end of 2017 but it was forced to disassociate itself with the eight-division champion owing to the magnitude of what he delivered on TV.

Nike’s move was welcomed by gay rights campaigners in the Philippines Thursday.

Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Pacquiao, has urged his boss to put on hold all requests for interviews.

Aside from Nike, Pacquiao also used to be the brand ambassador of Wonderful Pistachios, Nestle, and even Foot Locker in the US.

Here in the Philippines, the 37-year-old Pacquiao has deals with Pizza Hut, Smart Communications, East West Bank, Bench, Ricoa, Motolite and Kia Motors but Eric Pineda, who handles his endorsements, said he hasn’t received any communication so far regarding possible withdrawals like what Nike did. (TMT-fed)

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Still on Pacquiao. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may stop the airing in the country of the fight between Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 9.

This surfaced when former Akbayan party-list lawmaker and now independent senatorial candidate Walden Bello said he will file a complaint before the Comelec, claiming that Pacquiao’s fight with Bradley is an election offense punishable with disqualification.

In turn, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista bared that they can stop the airing of the fight, if it is found to be in accordance with the law.

Bautista added, even before Bello raised the issue, he had the matter studied by a lawyer and initial findings have already been submitted to him.

He, however, refused to disclose results of the study.

Also, he said, they will take a serious look into it if and when a formal complaint is filed

This end, a non-lawyer though, feels that airing the fight violates nothing. What you think?

And when Pacquiao battled the demure Dulce - was it - Antonino for the mayorship in Gen. Santos City, the former fought against his first Rios foe. And it was right on Philippine soil, the Big Some in Quezon City.

Yes, Pacquiao won that fight but lost against the lady giant killer.

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Now, on repentance. As quick as Pacquiao mouthed a slur on the LGBT’s, he was also just as quick at apologizing. He made the apology on social media.

And gay advocates here did say they accept his apology, but that his words will remain in memory.

The other repentant quick-talker is the cursing-prone presidential bet, Rodrigo Duterte.

Close to three months after cussing His Holiness Pope Francis, before Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, Duterte asked forgiveness for words.