Ex-WWE star Batista calls Pacquiao ‘idiot’ over gay remarks
Former World Wrestling Entertainment star and Filipino-American Dave Bautista slammed Manny Pacquiao for his controversial remarks against homosexuals and same-sex marriage.
Bautista, who is popularly known as Batista during his years in professional wrestling, didn’t hold anything back, calling Pacquiao a “f*****g idiot” after the eight-division boxing champion described gay couples as “worse than animals” in a recent TV interview.
“My mom happens to be a lesbian so I don’t f*****g take that s**t. I don’t think it’s funny,” said Bautista in an interview with TMZ Sports.
“If anyone called my mother an animal I’d stick my foot in his ass.”
Bautista, who has appeared in several films including Guardians of the Galaxy and Spectre, is also known to be a supporter of Pacquiao and was once part of the former WBO welterweight champion’s ring walk during his fight with Ricky Hatton in 2009.
The 47-year-old Bautista also said he still respects Pacquiao, who plans to retire after his third fight with Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas, as a fighter.
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