Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao After Gay Comments

Manny Pacquiao has been kicked out of the ring by Nike.

Nike fires Manny Pacquiao

Nike has terminated its relationship with Manny Pacquiao after the six-weight world champion described homosexuals as “worse than animals.”

The 37-year-old, who is running for a senate seat in his native Philippines, later apologized for his comments.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” said a Nike 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 sportswear company added: “We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao’s original remark was made in a television interview and he initially appeared unrepentant, writing on Instagram that he was “just telling the truth of what the Bible says”.

However, he later wrote on Facebook he was “not condemning LGBT”, while still voicing his opposition for gay marriage.

Pacquiao, whose last fight was a defeat by Floyd Mayweather in May, is due to fight American Timothy Bradley Jr in Las Vegas in April.

Manny Pacquiao:

  • Manny Pacquiao net worth is estimated at $290 million.
  • Manny Pacquiao is a professional boxer from Philippines.
  • He has won 8 world titles and also the first man to to bag the lineal championship in four different classes.
  • The Boxing Writers Association in the US rated him as the best fighter of the 2000s.
  • Presently he is the WBO Welterweight champion.
  • Apart from boxing, the man has a profound interest in politics.
  • From May 2010 he is an elected member of the House of the Representatives.

Manny Pacquiao Earnings:

The Bulk of Manny Pacquiao net worth came the negotiated money price from his boxing bouts as well as from  payments such as pay-for-view, advertisements and endorsements. Many wonders how much Manny Pacquiao earns whenever he wins a match. Well, that actually depends on the negotiated price. Normally Manny approves the amount before he signs the contract to fight. Apart from this he will receive other payments such as pay-for-view, advertisements and endorsements.
It has been reported that his contract price has been steadily growing up from the time he has been fighting in the US. He usually gets around $15 million per fight. For example, in the Pacquiao-Hatton fight, he got $12 million. But in addition to this he also received 52% of pay-per-view revenues. All these are primary source of Manny Pacquiao net worth.   Last year Manny bought a house in the Forbes Park – home for the rich – for $9 million. The Forbes Park is considered to be an exclusive residence for the billionaires. The property is 1500 sq m in size and is located in Cambridge street. It seems that the boxer made quite a few purchases last year. He also gifted himself a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia which is worth $225,000. This is not the first expensive car that he has bought. In fact, he has a whole battery of luxury cars that includes a Porsche, Lincoln Navigator and Escalade among others. All these extravagant purchases was made possible due to the huge Manny Pacquiao net worth.   Manny was born in Philippines and is the fourth among the six siblings. His parents got separated when he was about 12 years of age. The accomplished boxer is married to Maria Geraldine Jamora and they have four children. Though he resides in his hometown of General Santos City, he is officially residing in Kiamba as a Congressman. He is a very religious person and one can see him make the sign of cross inside the ring many times. As soon as he comes back home from a successful fight he attends the Mass in Manila to pray.

Manny Pacquiao Trivia:

  • Children (with Jinkee): Jemuel and Michael
  • Performs with the hip-hop group Black-Eyed Peas on their hit single, Champion.
  • First boxing defeat was a KO in the hand of Rustico Torrecampo early in his career (his 12th fight on February 9th 1996)
  • Lost his bid for the congressional seat of his province of South Cotabato in the Philippine general election of May 2007. Incumbent congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio won by a landslide with a final tally of 139,061 votes over Pacquiao’s 75,908 votes.
  • After arriving home from his victorious rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera, he revealed that he is still interested in Philippine politics.
  • Signed an exclusive contract with Philippine television giant GMA Network. He will star in a sitcom and a reality show with them.
  • On September 1, 2008, Pacquiao announced that he will retire from boxing in 2009 and try his luck again in politics by running for a government post in the 2010 Philippine general election. At the same time, he took his oath in joining President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s political party.
  • Founder and president of the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), a political party focused on government posts in General Santos City (South Cotabato province) and Saranggani province.
  • His political party, the People’s Champ Movement (PCM), was approved by the Philippines’ commission on elections as a legitimate entry for the 2010 elections (local and provincial levels).
  • In addition to boxing, he is also a movie star, a television show host, movie producer, businessman, a political candidate, and a founder of his own political party.
  • Closely associated with Philippine politicians Lito Atienza, Luis “Chavit” Singson and president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In 2007, he appeared on a television political ad in support of Singson’s bid for the senate.
  • He founded the Manny Pacquiao Foundation to help uplift the lives of Filipinos as well as people from other parts of the world who encounter problems like poverty and sickness. As such, he has invested in many projects such as a cancer research and treatment center in Mindanao. He has organized related activities such as medical missions, granting scholarships, and promoting environmental awareness.
  • He won major/The Ring world titles in seven weight classes.
  • On February 2011, Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee visited the White House and United States President Barack Obama.
  • In the Philippine general elections of 2010, Manny Pacquiao won in his second bid for the House of Representatives as he won by a landslide over Roy Chiongbian for the lone congressional seat of Sarangani province. Pacquiao’s term as congressman will last until mid-2013.
  • As a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, Pacquiao has been declared as the richest congressman based on the legislators’ Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN). Pacquiao declared that his net worth is over one billion Philippine Pesos.
  • Manny Pacquiao was born into a poor family in General Santos City in Mindanao and was raised alone by his mother after his parents separated when he was in sixth grade.
  • Manny Pacquiao fought Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 for Pacquiao’s WBO Welterweight title. After a hard fought fight, Bradley scored a controversial victory over Pacquiao by way of split decision with two of the judges scoring it 115 – 113 to Bradley with the other 115 – 113 to Pacquiao which meant Bradley became the new WBO Welterweight champion and also ended Pacquiao’s streak of 7 years without losing a fight in the ring.
  • Currently taking up a three week special business administration course in General Santos City. [October 2007]
  • Taking a rest and spending more time with his family after losing the election. [May 2007]

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