An unknown assailant attacked Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao days before the latter’s fight against Timothy Bradley which is set on April 9. The incident happened on Sunday, late afternoon (Monday, Manila time) as Pacquiao was about to leave a Japanese restaurant along Holywood.
Pacquiao was about to board his Italia Ferrari at the backdoor parking lot of the Kabuki restaurant when the assailant, described as a white male in his mid-30s, suddenly came from behind and was about to punch Pacquiao. The security personnel of Manny Pacquiao, however, were able to thwart the attack by holding the assailant and pulling him away. The assailant, however, kept on hurling invectives at the boxing legend. “He was shouting, ‘F@$* you, F@$*. You homophobic,” said Pacquiao’s personal assistant, David Sisson as he recounted the incident.
The incident happened months after Pacquiao’s statements against LGBT people became viral in social media. Sission said that people around the legendary boxer expected such incident to happen. “We’ve expected it all along. I was actually surprised that it happened only once,” he saidn
The eight-time world division champion instructed his security personnel to release his assailant so no police was called to the scene. Sisson quoted Pacquiao as saying that “it’s better to love him (assailant) like (Jesus) Christ loves us’.