World champion boxer Manny Pacquiao says he loves homosexuals, even though he does not support gay marriage.
Pacquiao, who is also a congressman in the Philippines and an outspoken Christian, recently criticized President Obama's open support for gay marriage.
He came under fire when a reporter from The Examiner quoted the boxer's remarks and added a verse from the book of Leviticus that says gays should be killed.
The reporter later admitted Pacquiao did not quote the Old Testament verse and that he added it on his own.
"What I said is a reporter asked me about gay marriage ... 'I am against gay marriage, but I'm not condemning gays,'" the boxer told The Los Angeles Times in an interview.
"He said, 'Why?' I said, 'It's the law of God.' That's all I said," he continued.
"I have family - a cousin - who's gay, and friends, too. I'm just against gay marriage," he said. "I don't even want to talk about the issue, but I was asked about it, so I gave my opinion."
Pacquaio said his favorites Bible verses are, 'Love one another' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'