Nike Cuts Ties With Manny Pacquiao After Boxer’s Controversial Remarks

Manny Pacquiao made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons after an interview with a Filipino television station went viral. When asked his stance on same-sex marriage, Pacquiao had this to say:

“Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations? If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”

After immediate backlash, Pacquiao apologized on Instagram, saying, “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT.”

Unfortunately for Pacquiao, there is one major brand who did not accept his apology. Nike announced that they have ended their endorsement contract with Pacquiao after working together for the past eight years.

Nike released a statement: “We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”

Pacquiao has never been one of Nike’s bigger endorsers, as the boxer generally sported the brand’s outfits instead of creating Pacquiao-oriented products. But with his upcoming fight on April 9 against Timothy Bradley expected to be his last, Pacquiao’s career is suddenly ending in semi-disgraceful fashion.

With comments like his most recent ones though, that’s no one’s fault but his own.

Source: ESPN, The Guardian