London, Feb.18 (ANI): Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has said that he respects Nike’s decision to end their sponsorship with him after the eight-time champion described gay couples as ‘worse than animals’.
Nike had described Pacquiao’s comments as ‘ abhorrent’ and said that they strongly oppose discrimination of any kind as they had a long history of supporting and standing up for LGBT rights.
Reflecting on the same, the 37-year-old said that his contract with Nike had already ended aside from sponsoring the boxing, adding that they are now only responsible for sponsoring his cloths for his fights, the Mirror reported.
Gay marriage is illegal in Philippines due to strong resistance from the Catholic Church, with 80 per cent of the country’s total population subscribing to the faith.
Pacquiao said that animals are better than homosexuals because they could distinguish between male and female.
However, Pacquiao later issued an apology for his comments saying, “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. God Bless!”
Pacquiao, who will bid adieu to boxing after his last fight against Timothy Bradley in April, will fight for a senate seat in the May elections. (ANI)