Wrestling star Dave Batista calls Manny Pacquiao an 'idiot' over gay remarks
"It's his personal views. I basically respect him a lot less," says Dave Bautista. Photo from PEP.ph

FORMER WWE superstar Dave Bautista called Manny Pacquiao a “f_-----ing idiot” over the Filipino boxer’s statements against same sex marriage.

In a video shown on TMZ, Bautista, who is also Filipino, said his mother is a lesbian and said he as extremely offended by the eight-time world champion’s comments made last week comparing gays to animals in a television interview.

"My mom happens to be a lesbian so I don't f--king take that sh-t. I dont think it's funny," said the “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Spectre” star at the LA International Airport.

"If anyone called my mother an animal I'd stick my foot in his ass," he added.

Known as “Batista” in the WWE, the wrestler turned actor maintains he still respects Pacquiao in the ring -- "I still look up to him as a fighter. I still appreciate his talents and he's a Filipino but as far as his opinions, stick that up your ass."

Bautista is noted for supporting Filipino boxers and fighters. He was part of Pacquiao’s entourage who walked with the Pinoy boxer to the ring during his fight against Ricky Hatton in 2009.

"It's his personal views. I basically respect him a lot less," Bautista said. 

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