Earlier this week made remarks on a Filipino television station earlier this week.
“Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?” Pacquiao said. “If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”
Manny Pacquiao: Gay People Are Worse Than Animals
Pacquiao apologized on Twitter within hours.
“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” Pacquiao tweeted. “Please forgive me for those I hurt. God bless!”
In the tweet, Pacquiao had a video message in Filipino wearing a Nike shirt with the special logo the company has for him.
Nike terminated its endorsement contract with boxer Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday after he made derogatory remarks about same-sex couples.
Manny Pacquiao apologizes for Comparing Homosexual to Animals
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said in a 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.”
Based on Pacquiao’s comments, a spokesman confirmed that he is no longer on the company’s endorsement roster. Pacquiao, 37, had endorsed Nike for a little more than eight years.
On Thursday, Pacquiao said he respects Nike’s decision to drop him but stood pat on his opposition to same-sex marriage and added that he is happy that “a lot of people were alarmed by the truth.”
On Friday, Manny Pacquiao stood by his homophobic comments and said he was telling the truth when he compared gay people to animals, two days after Nike cancelled his $1million-per-year contract because of the slurs.
The eight-division world champion spoke to reporters on Friday after a training session in General Santos, his hometown in the Philippines, ABC reported.
‘What I did wrong was just comparing the people to animals, but you know what I am telling is the truth,’ he said.
‘I mean I am just telling what the Bible says. We believe God and then we should honor the word of God.’
What are your thoughts on his comments and do you think other endorsements should follow Nike & drop him?