Photos of Manny Pacquiao wearing Under Armour's basketball shoes popularized by NBA MVP Stephen Curry has stirred excitement online and spurred speculation that the boxing hero has found a new shoe and apparel partner, days after being dropped by Nike.
But hold your horses.
A member of the Pacquiao camp was quick to deny on Monday that the eight-division world champion has hooked up with Under Armour on a new endorsement deal, although he admitted that they are in the middle of negotiations with different sports apparel brands.
"We haven't struck a deal with Under Armour, although I can say we are already in the middle of negotiations with different sports apparel brands," said Pacquiao's showbiz manager and endorsement agent Arnold Vegafria to Spin.ph.
During a pick-up game in a gym located inside his mansion in General Santos City, Pacquiao was pictured wearing for the first time a pair of basketball kicks not produced by Nike, his endorsement partner for over a decade.
That partnership ended last week when Nike cut ties with Pacquiao for what it termed as "abhorrent" comments against members of the LGBT community.
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