Despite this week’s news, Juan Manual Marquez is the furthest thing from Manny Pacquiao’s mind right now. Instead, the Filipino champion is focused squarely on the one foe he passionately cares about defeating, the only one he believes to be an actual threat: condoms.
A Sarangani representative in the Filipino Congress, Pacquiao is not sitting idly when it comes to a reproduction health bill that he and fellow lawmakers are mulling; rather, he is bringing the fight to the people.
The bill specifies that women, who are experiencing any type of trouble after receiving an abortion, must be treated “compassionately.” However, abortions should still remain illegal. Essentially, it's like the debate that centers around clean needle distribution in the United States. While the drug use itself is banned and remains illegal -- some cities hand out clean needles to help citizens in need.
In the Philipines, mind you, this volatile political, religious, health and social issue is raising a stir when it comes to policies on contraceptives.
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While President Benigno Aquino III and Pacquiao both agree that abortion should be banned, they differ on their views regarding birth control. The president believes that citizens should be free and able to choose what method of contraceptive they wish to use, Pacquiao on the other hand, is firmly anti-contraceptives.
“God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.' He did not say, ‘Go and have just one or two children,’” the Pacquiao told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Earlier in the week, the famed boxer reaffirmed his stance
"It's sinful to use condoms and commit abortion."
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Though strong opinions are coming from all sides regarding the bill, a resolution may not be reached any time soon. According to House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales, a vote likely won't occur until next year.
How does all this impact Marquez? Well, it just means that he’s going to be facing off against a more ticked off version of the guy that already beat him down twice (even though one was technically a draw).