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Manny Pacquiao Accepts Nike's Decision

The beleaguered congressman-boxer is also looking for a new sponsor
by Drei Medina | Feb 18, 2016
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Boxing icon and Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is in hot waters for his recent anti-gay comments, has accepted US brand Nike’s decision to end their product endorsement deal.

In a statement, Pacquiao said he respected Nike’s stand in support of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community which he was at odds with, Philstar reported.

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Kung ano man 'yong decision nila, decision nila 'yon, nirerespeto ko at tsaka ang pag-sponsor nila sa akin, 'yung mga damit lang naman para sa fight,” he said.

The report added that the eight-division world champion was already looking for a possible new sponsor.

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On Thursday, Nike severed ties with Pacquiao who was among their roster of elite endorsers.

This came after Pacquiao made a controversial statement where he likened the LGBT community to animals. He has since apologized for his comments, but maintains his stand against same-sex marriage.

For his part, Pacquiao’s promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said he had to side with Nike this time.

“His comments were made to a Filipino audience, where same-sex marriage is not as accepted as it is here, and Manny is a convert of enlightened Christianity, which does not believe in same-sex relationships,” said the veteran boxing promoter.

“But to people in the United States, his words can only be viewed as hate speech," he added. "If I was running Nike, I would have to make the same decision they did.”

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Pacquiao is scheduled to face US boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. for the third time on April 9. The fight will reportedly be the last of the Pac-Man's pugilistic career.

 

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