A boxer who was previously jailed for beating the mother of his children has slammed a rival who made homophobic comments.

Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao sparked criticism this week after describing gay couples as “worse than animals”

He ranted: “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female.

“If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”

Pacquiao has since attempted to apologise for his comments – but he attracted condemnation from a surprising source.

Floyd Mayweather, who served 87 days in jail in 2010 for domestic abuse, spoke out to condemn Pacquiao.

He told TMZ Sports: “I think we should just stay positive. We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives.

“I don’t have nothing against anyone. To each his own.”

Mayweather himself was caught on tape in 2010 referring to Manny Pacquiao as a “faggot” several times – but later apologised for the comments.

Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose sparked an online backlash last year after posing for a photo with Mayweather.

The genderfluid actress uploaded a photo to Instagram this week with the star, writing: “the champ!”

One fan responded: “The champ of what? Beating women?”

Another said: “For real hates gays hits women….. ugh… @rubyrose you are so gorgeous and I hope smart. Don’t be part ov the closed eyes all around us.”