Despite Anti-LGBT Comments, Boxer Pacquaio Jumps to 3rd in Senate Race

Friday May 6, 2016

Boxer Manny Pacquiao may have lost a valuable Nike endorsement deal over anti-LGBT remarks he made earlier this year, but they may end up earning him a seat in his country's Senate.

The Christian Times reports that Pacquiao is now polling third in his current race for the Philippine Senate. Based on the survey conducted by Social Weather Station on April 18 to 20, Pacquiao received 37 percent of votes and is now lagging behind just two frontrunners, senators Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto III.

He is currently a congressman.

Despite his jump in the polls, the boxing star's campaign has not been without its troubles. Last month, the Associated Press reported that kidnapping threats were publicly made on the Bible-quoting boxer.

Pacquiao, who is the Philippines' most famous athlete angered many and made headlines in February following anti-LGBT comments he made saying that people in same-sex relationships were "worse than animals." He later apologized for those remarks, but held on to his opposition to same-sex marriage.