Shane Mosley, former world champ, just told TMZ that he’d happily give Manny Pacquiao a beatdown in the name of gay rights.
Thanks to some gentle nudging from his wife and a particularly assertive TMZ reporter, Mosley claimed he’d happily get back in the ring with Manny. (He lost to Pacquiao in 2011.)
Pink News followed up the story and got a direct quote from Mosley: “My family and I are really upset about Pacquiao and the attitude towards gay rights in the boxing community.”
“I would love to make everyone feel comfortable going to a boxing match.”
To drive the point home — and possibly maybe to ride out the wave of publicity — Mosley jotted down the following tweets:
I just read the comments Pacquiao said about gay people & even though I love Freddy Roach I hope Bradley Knocks Pac out now. If not I will.
— Shane Mosley (@ShaneMosley_) April 8, 2016
I had a cousin tell me he wasn’t coming 2my fight Memorial Weekend cause boxing fans are anti gay. Everyone is welcome at my fight #LetsGo
— Shane Mosley (@ShaneMosley_) April 9, 2016
How irretrievably badass of him.
In February, Manny Pacquiao insinuated that inflammatory comments he made — namely, that gay people are “worse than animals” — were taken out of context.
Nike used to pay Pacquiao for endorsements, but they cut him off after he made those anti-marriage-equality statements.