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Nike Cuts Ties: We No Longer Have Relationship With Pacquiao!

By TMZ Sports

 We told you it was comin' ... and now Nike has made it official -- Manny Pacquiao has been FIRED over his anti-gay comments.

Nike issued a statement saying, "We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent."

"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."

As we previously reported, the two sides have had a relationship since at least 2006 -- but Nike had a major problem with Manny saying gay people are "worse than animals."

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Multiple sources connected to the situation tell us Manny personally tried to save the deal up until the last minute.

We're told several members of Manny's team had been communicating with Nike all morning -- begging the company to reconsider and give Manny another chance.

In the end, Manny's pleas fell on deaf ears ... and Nike dropped the hammer.

Pacquiao, an evangelical Protestant, also apologized via social media on Tuesday for those statements while discussing his position on gay marriage.

"It's common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female," Pacquiao told television station TV5.

After a barrage of criticism, Pacquiao asked for forgiveness.

"I'm sorry for comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt," he said in a video post on Instagram.

Pacquiao returns to the ring for what he says is the final time on April 9th, in a trilogy bout with Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MujoHrnjica on 02-18-2016

Nike strongly opposes discrimination yet they don't see a problem with discriminating against a bloke expressing his religious beliefs, the double standards we have in this day and age are hilarious..

Comment by kilojay505 on 02-18-2016

[QUOTE=Spoon23;16475647]It's back to his origin red fire trunks No fear gear will comeback. The fire brand is best suited for Pacman's relentless style. That's when the human fireball started. Yes! Last dance with the NO FEAR gear. Back to old…

Comment by sirron000 on 02-18-2016

[QUOTE=Rath;16476393]yup you are right, they just added sodom ang gomorrah in 1946. LOL[/QUOTE] Didn't I say the word 'homosexuality'? You do know when using someone's name it's capitalized and is 'ang' short for Angie or Angela?

Comment by theface07 on 02-18-2016

Manny's comments were inappropriate and unnecessary but it's really the pot calling the kettle black in this case with Nike attempting to take the moral high ground. Yeah right, they support the LGBT community except if they're exploited Asian child…

Comment by Ilpo on 02-18-2016

[QUOTE=AllBoxingAD;16477693]Nike never pumped any gains for Manny. What Manny Pacquiao product line was a success for them?[/QUOTE] You know how these deals work? Lol Has manny been wearing ANY nike outfits or shoes etc.? :D has he starred in any…

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