Star Boxer, Manny Pacquiao stood by his words, he says he respects Nike’s decision to terminate their contract with him over his comments about gay relationships, but that he remains opposed to same-sex marriage.
In a recent comments he made, Pacquiao told reporters on Thursday he’s happy that “a lot of people were alarmed by the truth.”
“Whatever decision Nike makes is its decision and I respect that and its sponsorship of me now only involves my clothes for my fight. Our contract has already ended aside from sponsoring the boxing.
“I am not condemning the LGBT. What I am condemning is the act. I’m happier because I’m telling the truth. It’s worse if we will hide the truth. I’m happier that a lot of people were alarmed by the truth.
Pacquiao is an evangelical Christian and has publicly declared his opposition to same-sex unions. As he said in an interview earlier this week;
“It’s just common sense.” “Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?”
Animals, he said, were better because they recognize gender differences, and “if you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”
Even though he has apologized for offending the LGBT community, some are not done with him yet. Among those who reacted strongly were popular gay celebrities in the Philippines some of whom declared they have lost their respect for the fighter.
And now, he has also lost the approval of Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., a retired American professional basketball player.
According to Fox News, the basketball Hall of Famer and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers took to Twitter Wednesday and applauded the shoe/apparel company [Nike] for cutting ties with the famous boxer — in the wake of Pacquiao saying gay people are “worse than animals.”
Johnson took it one step further, tweeting that he is boycotting any further Pacquiao fights. He tweeted this:
“I applaud Nike for terminating Manny Pacquiao’s contract after his derogatory statements that gay people are worse than animals. Fans of all walks of life including gay fans supported May/Pac fight putting $100M in his pocket. I guess to him their money is still green.
“I won’t be watching another one of Manny Pacquiao’s fights.