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The Grove bans Manny Pacquiao over gay marriage report, but boxer says he was misquoted

May 16, 2012

The Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles has banned boxer Manny Pacquiao over comments he made about gay marriage, but the boxer said he was misquoted.

"Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he 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," the Grove said in a statement.

Officials from the Grove -- which is also owned by Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso -- did not return immediate calls seeking additional comment.

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-- Andrew Blankstein, Bettina Boxall and Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times

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