Manny Pacquiao is in a lot of hot water for some recent verbal jabs and left hooks he threw at gays and lesbians. The devout Christian compared homosexuals to animals, saying that animals were more intelligent than gays.
Pacquiao told a television in the Philippines that: “It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female.”
“If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals.”
Gay marriage is outlawed in the Philippines due to strong opposition from the Catholic Church and 80 per cent of the country’s 100 million people subscribe to the faith.
Gay marriages are officiated at small churches but are not recognised by the mainstream church or the State.
However Pacquiao’s remarks drew revulsion from some of his compatriots, with the country’s most popular gay comedian, Vice Ganda, urging his 6.7 million Twitter followers to “#PrayForMannyPacquiao”.
Nike has terminated their contract with Manny since his controversial statements.
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” a Nike statement said.
“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.”