February 16, 2016
Manny Pacquiao apologized Tuesday for eating fertilized duck eggs known as balut.
Pacquiao says even though he’s against abortion, a duck has the right to chose and he has the right to enjoy delicious duck embryos.
“I’m sorry for eating balut, but it’s so good,” Pacquiao exclaimed. “Instead I will try other delicious animals like goats, turtles and dogs.”
Pacquiao ate the two-week-old fertilized egg after his two-hour training session on Monday. He is training for what he says will be his final career fight against Timothy Bradley in April.
“These restore my power,” Pacquiao said while enthusiastically peeling off the shell and slurping the semi-developed chick and yolk.
This isn’t the first time Pacquiao has set off a firestorm of controversy.
In 2012, Pacquiao had a spiritual reawakening after being unfaithful to his wife. He rededicated himself to God by selling off his cockfighting operation.
“I have the words of God in my mouth and I have God in me,” Pacquiao said in a 2012 interview.
“I don’t need to put my prized cock up against another man’s cock to have fun. I feel the truth, so I’m happy.”