Thursday, February 18, 2016

Nike is reportedly dropping Manny Pacquaio!

We're sure you've heard of the news bit where Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao spoke up against the issue of same-sex marriage, saying that it is "worse than animals" or "mas masahol pa sa hayop" as he reportedly said it. Check out the video by clicking the link on the date below.

"Mas masahol pa sa hayop." Senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao had this to say when we asked him for his stand on same-sex marriage. #BilangPilipino
Posted by Bilang Pilipino on Monday, February 15, 2016

Well, in today's socially-charged times, the PacMan's opinion may cost him his sponsorship deal with Nike. According to TMZ.com's sources, the athletic equipment brand "is preparing to cut ties" with Pacquiao for his anti-gay comment.



While 2016 marks Pacquiao's 10th year with Nike, that supposedly isn't enough to save the relationship as TMZ believes the break-up between the two parties is imminent.

TMZ even reported that the PacMan's merchandise on Nike.com is no longer available. We checked it ourselves and, yes, it's not there anymore.



Although Pacquiao was only giving his opinion on the issue, which also falls in line with his renewed faith in Christianity, it was probably his choice of words that doomed his relationship with Nike. 

If Nike does drop the PacMan, he'll be joining a long list of athletes the company has dropped over the years, like Oscar Pistorius (homicide), Lance Armstrong (performance enhancing drugs), Ray Rice (assault), and Michale Vick (animal abuse, although Nike re-signed him again in 2011).

What a shame to see the Pacquiao-Nike relationship end on such a sad note. Especially since his presumably last-ever fight is coming up soon on April 9 against Tim Bradley Jr. Then again, he can always turn to Adidas.

 

UPDATE: Nike has dropped Manny from its roster of athletes, saying that it finds his comments on the issue "abhorrent." Here is Nike's statement in full:

"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."
Any trace of Nike's sponsorship of the PacMan was totally erased by the company from even its news site. Yesterday, a quick search for "Manny Pacquiao yielded nine results. Now, you'll only get this:

Fortunately for PacMan, Nike's departure won't hurt his bank account too much as most of his wealth comes from his cut of the pay-per-view earnings of his fights. Forbes.com even estimates his endorsement deals to account for less than 10% of his earnings.

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