LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Filipino boxer and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao may not make it to Las Vegas for his April 9 fight with Timothy Bradley, Jr. Here’s why:
Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco International Airports have banned Pacquiao from passing through. There is no direct flight from Manila to Las Vegas. International passengers heading for Las Vegas have to stop at the L.A. or San Francisco airports which are major ports of entry.
The ban is the result of Pacquiao’s early public comment comparing gay men and women to “worse than animals.” L.A. and San Francisco are known to be a mecca for the LGBT community.
Earlier, Pacquiao was banned from an upscale mall in Los Angeles also because of his anti-gay comments. This is the second time that the boxer has been banned from The Grove mall. He was similarly banned years ago when he “castigated” LGBT’s by quoting bible verses (Leviticus) condemning homosexuals and homosexual behaviour.
So it looks like Pacquiao will not only be able to shop or see a movie at the L.A. mall; he will not be able to travel to Las Vegas for his boxing match on April 9.
Perhaps, he will just focus on his senatorial campaign in the Philippines.