Nike Terminates Boxer Manny Pacquiao’s Contract

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Sportswear giants Nike have terminated their contract with Manny Pacquiao following his controversial recent remarks. A statement from the American company declared: “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. “We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao sparked outrage after describing gay couples as “worse than animals”. Pac-Man is currently in the process of re-inventing himself in his homeland as he moves into politics, running for a senate seat in the country’s May elections. When asked about his views on gay marriage, outlawed in the Philippines, he offered his shocking views. “It’s common sense. Do you see animals that go male to male or female to female? So the animals are even better,” Pacquiao told local broadcaster TV5 in an interview aired this week.
“Because they know how to distinguish from male to male or female to female. Right? Now if we allow male to male or female to female, then that makes us worse than animals.” He swiftly apologised, tweeting:”I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. God Bless!” However, Nike has decided to cut all ties with the Filipino fighter. Pacquiao, an eight-time world champion, is currently training for what is expected to be his retirement fight – against Timothy Bradley in April.
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