High-end shopping center in LA bans Pacquiao over gay remarks

Boxer Pacquiao of the Philippines trains during a media workout in Hong Kong
Boxer Manny Pacquiao   REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The Grove in Los Angeles, California has decided to ban Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao from their premises.

Based on reports by international entertainment media, a few weeks ago, Pacquiao came to the said popular shopping center in downtown LA, towing along with him a dozen of his entourage.  The owners of The Grove saw him and decided then that they don’t want him around their property.

The said decision to ban Pacquiao stemmed from his much-publicized bigoted remarks against gay people.

A video of Pacquiao wherein he was quoted saying that gays are worse than animals because they engage in same-sex union went viral in social media.

Top brands like NIKE immediately dropped their support on Pacquiao following the said controversy.

According to the owner of The Grove, Rick Caruso “there are statements of hatred.  A lot of people from the gay community come to The Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable.  Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome.”

This is not the first time that Pacquiao was banned from the said establishment.  The Pambansang Kamao was previously banned, also after spewing some anti-gay remarks in the late 2000s.  However, the ban was lifted a few weeks after due to the questionable source of the alleged Pacquiao remarks.

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