Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is pointedly criticizing President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage, calling it offensive to his religion.
In an interview, the religious Pacquiao said that Obama's view was nothing more than a direct attack on the morals of society and the will of God.
"God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other," Manny Pacquiao said.
"It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old," he added, citing the Bible.
He described same-sex marriage as an "abomination" and went on to say that America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate.
Recently voted Forbes' fourth most influential athlete, the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion is regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, and already has a burgeoning career out of the ring.
He is a member of the Philippines legislature, hosts a weekly TV game show and has his own vegetable business. Manny Pacquiao also hopes to become a leading Christian evangelist after having a religious "awakening."
Last week, Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly back gay marriage.
Many politicians, pundits and stars have weighed in - Jay-Z praised Obama Monday, while Bristol Palin ripped him last week - but members of the sporting community have been largely silent until Pacquiao's condemnation.
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