Nike Cuts Ties With Manny Pacquiao After Anti-Gay Remarks

Boxer Said Condoning Same-sex Relationships Makes People 'Worse than Animals'

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Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.
Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Credit: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

Nike has severed ties with boxing star Manny Pacquiao after he said that condoning same-sex relationships made people "worse than animals."

"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," the sneaker giant said in an e-mailed 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."

Pacquiao, an eight-time boxing champion, said during his campaign for elected office in his native Philippines that animals don't engage in same-sex relationships and that opposing them is common sense.

After his remarks, Pacquiao apologized, but stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage.

-Bloomberg News