Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has
come out in support of gay marriage and President Barack Obama.
The 35-year-old Mayweather on Wednesday
tweeted to his nearly 3 million followers: “I stand behind
President Obama & support gay marriage. I'm an American citizen
& I believe people should live their life the way they want.”
Mayweather, the current WBC
Welterweight Champion, remains undefeated as a professional boxer.
His message arrives in the wake of the
controversy surrounding boxer Manny Pacquiao's remarks on gay
The seven-division world champion
Pacquiao, 33, created a flurry of controversy this week when he was
asked his opinion on gay marriage and was misquoted as making a
biblical reference that gay men must be put to death.
On Wednesday, Pacquiao
denied the media reports and apologized to the gay community.
Followers gave Mayweather's message a
“Say it isn't so Floyd …,”
responded one follower.
“Thanks Floyd,” wrote another
follower, “now work on that fight with Pac,” a reference to
ongoing negotiations for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.