Last week, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao reacted to President Barack Obama’s recent acceptance of gay marriage by allegedly quoting Bible verses against homosexuality. As a result, a Los Angeles-area shopping mall has banned the the WBO welterweight champion.

While Pacquiao’s representatives claim his quotes in a National Conservative Examiner article were taken out of context, The Grove, an outdoor shopping mall near Los Angeles, has banned the boxer and canceled a scheduled interview of Pacquiao with ‘Extra’ and host Mario Lopez in advance of his June 9 fight with Timothy Bradley.

…(Pacquiao) is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”

Pacquiao allegedly quoted Leviticus 20:13, which calls homosexuality “detestable” and advocates that gays “must be put to death.” Pacquiao says he’s never read Leviticus, nor quoted that verse. “I’m not against gay people … I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way.”

Regardless of his position on gay marriage, Pacquiao may find this still-developing controversy an unwanted distraction as he prepares for his fight against Bradley.

[NBC Sports]