Boxer Manny Pacquiao has lost a
contract with apparel giant Nike.
In a statement released Wednesday, Nike
said it has dropped Pacquiano over disparaging comments he made
against gays, the
Pacquiao, who is running for a seat in
the Philippine Senate, told local station TV5: “It's common sense.
Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to
“The animals are better. They know
how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on
male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.”
He later apologized, saying in a
Facebook post that he stands by his opposition to marriage equality
“because of what the Bible says” but he's “not condemning
Nike called Pacquiao's comments
“abhorrent” and reiterated its support for LGBT rights.