Justin Bieber Facing Philippines Ban Over Manny Pacquiao Insult
20 December 2012, 10:30 | Updated: 20 December 2012, 10:35
The 'Boyfriend' star has been slammed by seven congressman who called his comments "distasteful".
Justin Bieber is facing a ban from the Philippines over pictures and comments he posted about boxing star Manny Pacquiao.
The 'As Long As You Love Me' singer has long been a keen supporter of fellow boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr – who has constantly been linked with a fight with Pacquiao.
Justin took to his Twitter account shortly after Manny's knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this month to offer his thoughts on a possible fight between the two boxers in question.
"He has nothing to gain fighting pacqiao, Floyd has never in his professional career lost a fight and Pacqiao lost his last two fights. If Floyd wins its not that big of a deal Cuz it would be his third loss in a row, and lf he loses he's gonna ruin his legacy either way there's no big win for Mayweather.. Mayweather is boxing," he tweeted.
He then also logged onto his Instagram account to post some photoshopped images making fun of the boxer.
Among those shots included a picture of Michael Jackson from his 'Smooth Criminal' video leaning over the fallen boxer with the caption: "Manny are you ok?".
Justin has since been attacked by seven congressman from the Phillipinnes who have demanded an apology for the "distasteful comments … lest he be declared persona non grata".
They said in a statement: "Mr Bieber should have known that the Hon. Pacquiao has reached his stature as such as a result of sheer hard work, determination and firm belief in God, and despite such stature best exemplifies humility and grace even in defeat."
They added that the teen star has insulted the entire nation and Manny has since said he would pray for the Canadian singer.
Meanwhile, Justin is readying the release of his new acoustic album in January and is rumoured to have worked with Ed Sheeran on the record.