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Manny Pacquiao’s homophobic comments leads Nike to drop him – What are your thoughts on his comments?

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?



  1. The thing about free speech is you are allowed to say whatever you want, no matter how objectionable or offensive it is to some people. Mr. Pacquiao is well within his right to hold these views. The problem is he is representing a company, a company that doesn’t want to be associated with these views for fear it could hurt their sales with customers who are gay or sympathize with the LGBT community. They were well within their right to drop him, and he should have considered that before saying this on a public forum.

  2. Ignorant and hateful dumbasses like him ought to have their pedestals yanked, they make a sweet sound when they hit the pavement hard and are told to scram from the public eye. I bet Paula Deen still wakes up and kicks her own ass before she downs her morning lard stick.

  3. Freedom of speech means he can say whatever he wants. But as someone who has endorsments…his,as with many sports people and celebrities free speech should either reflect what every company they represent agree with,or they stay quiet. Nike has every right to drop him as it is a company that endorses an array of people.

  4. There’s a gentler and more compassionate way to express his opposition to same-sex marriage. Keep in mind that English is not his first language so he probably couldn’t adequately express himself

  5. I’m with most of the other commenters on this. As a bisexual woman I believe we all have a right to free speech. HOWEVER, no one EVER said that this right is without consequences. We are responsible for what we say. He could’ve felt the exact same way and NOT cost himself a million dollar endorsement by choosing his words carefully whilst in front of a camera. This all around just wasn’t too bright of him. People confuse freedom of speech with freedom to say what you want, how you want, without consequences. I feel for him but he asked for it. Endorsements are a fickle lover. They give them money and opportunity but not without restrictions. He knew this when he signed on. This wasn’t a new deal He’s been with Nike for 8 years. He should’ve known better.

  6. He can say whatever he wants, but he shouldn’t act surprised if what he says comes back to bite him in the arse – like it has in this case. People in the public eye can say homophobic things if they choose, but should expect that they’ll be called to account by fans, sponsors, the media and the public at large.

  7. As a Filipino, I must admit that Manny Pacquiao made a very stupid comment about the LGBT community. He did stand firm on the views for being against to same-sex marriage and I respected that. The only mistake he did was saying that gays and lesbians were worse than animals. The first video shown when it was released was shortened and that was one of the reasons why there were more bashers reacted. However, on the full video clip, he did say as quoted (in English translation) after saying that they are worse than animals, “I am not condemning them, only the (same-sex) marriage, only committing sin against God.” This part has been omitted when the video went viral online. I know a lot of people hated him after that harsh commen that was first shown. I was even disappointed myself because he didn’t think about the consequences of what he just said. I felt sorry for Manny because he had to go through this kind of dilemma for the first time. Filipinos love him and suddenly it has been divided. I’m sure he lost a lot of supporters not only in the Philippines but internationally. I still hope that the people will learn to forgive him but for some good reason, this experience serves a great lesson for him. Next time, he should be careful on using words properly. He was indeed reckless on this one.

  8. He will do just fine with or without endorsements. Yes he did say ugly things but hey just like everybody he has an opnion. Does it justify if he is a good person or not? ?? It really depends.

  9. I recently brought up the relationship with the media people in the spotlight have. It’s like, you have to be very careful. You have to be neutral or they will rip you apart, falsely paint you, and turn on you. It’s like our words make us Icarus. We fly too close to the sun when we speak our minds. Everyone should be able to voice their opinions, but it becomes a catastrophe when you speak your mind and your mind is functioning differently and thinking differently than someone else’s mind. I personally think if your opinion devalues a group of people though, it shouldn’t be said publicly. He can have it, but keep it to himself. I know they say people are sensitive to everything now, but that’s someone’s identity. That’s a large population’s identity. And as for Nike, if they feel those aren’t their values then they are free to not endorse him. Sorry for the long reply, just became into it. Haha.

  10. He represented a global brand, as such, he should moderate his speech and the expression of his views publicly. That aside, what he said was plainly incorrect. Same-sex relationships, both casual and even long-term can be found in an enormous number of animal species.

  11. Not everyone is cool with same-sex relationships/marriages. Some do and others don’t . You can feel how ever you want to feel, but comparing them to animals/ reading the verse on how homosexuals should be killed is like, are you serious? Like that’s not cool. Have your opinion it’s whatever, but have respect for those people.

  12. I think they put the way he said it in a wrong context. He was referring to the marriage exactly. Not to the people affected with in it. Regarding with the Nike brand, it is their decision and Manny respectfully agrees so. Nevertheless, it is nice to see people who stand up to their own beliefs even if the majority won’t accept it.

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