HBO distances itself in statement regarding Pacquiao
March 3, 2016
With a little over a month before Manny Pacquiao’s last fight against Timothy Bradley, HBO has issued a statement which distances itself from Pacquiao’s toxic comments about homosexuals.
Here is the text of the HBO statement regarding Manny Pacquiao:
Next month Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. are scheduled to meet in a Pay-Per-View bout. We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event. However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Mr. Pacquiao’s recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable. HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn’t approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion.”
Pacquiao’s derogatory comments about same sex relationships has hurt the build for this PPV. It will be interesting to see if HBO does another HBO 24/7 for Pacquiao. It may hurt Bradley as well since many might bypass this fight and not watch. HBO made the statement to ensure that it gets its view on Pacquiao’s comments and explain why it is promoting and airing the bout. This should help quell any potential protests from LGBTQ groups.