Nike and Pacquiao have been in relationship since 2006, but the company terminated the boxer’s million-dollar contract following the latter’s cont5roversial remark on gay people.
Earlier this week, Pacquiao told reporters in an interview that “gay people are worse than animals”.
The comments gained hundreds of thousands of negative feedbacks and criticisms not only from the Philippines, but around the world, especially in the United States.
Nike has been supporting LGBT rights and found Pacquiao’s comment disgusting.
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” Nike said in the statement. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”
The 37-year-old posted a video apology to Facebook on Tuesday claiming his comments were derived from his religious beliefs, but it looks like the damage already is done. Pacquiao had been with Nike since 2006 and likely will lose out on massive amounts of money, not to mention extra exposure in the United States.
Multiple sources connected to the situation tell us Manny personally tried to save the deal up until the last minute.
We’re told several members of Manny’s team had been communicating with Nike all morning — begging the company to reconsider and give Manny another chance.
In the end, Manny’s pleas fell on deaf ears … and Nike dropped the hammer.
“This is what happens when ignorant people run for public office, ask Alma Moreno”, a viral comment from Facebook user Ashton Dy went viral.
Pacquiao lost more than $25 million dollar worth of lifetime contract with Nike. Most netizens calls Pacquiao “ignorant and clueless” following his controversial comment.