Manny Pacquiao has been attacked as he was leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles.
This is according to The Sun, who understand the attacker targeted the Filipino boxer because of his views against same-sex marriage.
Pacquiao’s assistant, David Sisson, has reportedly claimed the unidentified assailant shouted: “F*** you. F*** you, you homophobic,” before being led away.
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Pacquiao, a devout Christian, caused controversy in February after being quizzed about his views on same-sex marriage.
“It’s common sense,” he said. “Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better.
“They know how to distinguish male from female.
“If we approve male on male, female on female then man is worse than animals.”
Nike cancelled sponsorship deal after comments
Following his comments, US sportswear giant Nike cancelled their sponsorship deal with the 37-year-old.
"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," Nike said in a statement, per BBC News.
"Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community."
"We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao."
Pacquiao 'instructs team' not to press charges
Regardless of your views on Pacquiao's beliefs, you’d need to be very brave - or very foolish - to try and attack the eight-time world boxing champion who is widely regarded as one of the best fighters of his generation.
Pacquiao, who is currently preparing to face Timothy Bradley on April 9, is understood to have instructed his team not to press charges against the attacker.
Sisson added: “Manny told them not to hurt the guy — and said ‘let him go, let him go.’”
Edward Lura, a close friend of Pacquiao’s, has revealed how close the boxer came to being attacked.
He commented: “I really thought he would hit Manny. He almost got to him.”
Will Pacquiao get his rematch with Mayweather?
It’s almost a year since Pacquiao was beaten by Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
The Filipino remains hopeful that a rematch will happen - despite the fact Mayweather remains adamant that he’s retired
"It's possible -- very much," he told CNN World Sport at a charity event in Abu Dhabi in November. "I would love to have a rematch if he wants it.
"Of course we hear from him many times that he has retired. It's not new for him.”
Would Manny Pacquiao stand any chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in a rematch? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.
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