Foot Locker: “No Plans To Work With” Manny Pacquiao

by Joseph G. Lariosa
Philippines' eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao reacts to audience as he attends the opening ceremony for the "Philippine Festa" in Tokyo on September19, 2015. Pacquiao said he would open a gym in Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (JGL) – The fallout from Manny Pacquiao’s anti-gay remarks is not sitting well either with another product Manny had also endorsed.

A spokesperson of Foot Locker based in New York city confirmed reports in an email to this reporter that the sportswear and footwear retail giant has “no plans to work with” Manny Pacquiao.

Mary Signorino said, “Foot Locker worked with Manny Pacquiao briefly and we are no longer in contract with him and have no plans to work with him.”

Sportswear maker Nike announced Monday Feb. 17 that it had officially terminated its contract with the world boxing champion Pacquiao as its endorser for saying that gay individuals were “worse than animals”

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” Nike said in a statement to Forbes.

“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,” Nike said.

As for Foot Locker, Pacquiao shot two Foot Locker commercials in 2014 and 2015. They gained wide popularity in the run-up of the promotion surrounding the Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight that finally took place last May.

Pacquiao had been dumped by Nike before over his views against same-sex marriage. His contract was terminated in 2012.  Pacquiao later apologized for his comments but never changed his opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to Forbes, Pacquiao income in 2015 totaled $160 million, with $12 million coming from endorsements.

A member of the Philippine House of Representatives, Pacquiao is running for Senate on the May 9,2016 elections. He is also being criticized for skipping attendance during Congressional sessions.

Pacquiao is facing for the third time Tim Bradley on April 9 in MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight could also be in jeopardy if his critics prevail over complaints that the fight will give Pacquiao an undue advantage in plugging his senatorial candidacy. Critics want Pacquiao to postpone the fight after the May 9 elections.

In a video clip that went viral, Pacquiao said in Filipino, “Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations? … If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”

But Pacquiao followed it up with an “apology,” saying, “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt.”

During the first time that Nike dropped Pacquiao’s endorsement, Pacquiao said, “I rather obey the Lord’s command than obey the desire of the flesh. I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says.”

Aside from Nike and Foot Locker, other products that Pacquiao had endorsed include Wonderful Pistachios, Nestle’s Butterfinger, Hennesy, Hewlett Packard and other products in the Philippines.

Pacquiao is the latest athlete dropped by Nike. Others were American cyclist Lance Armstrong and American football running backs Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice and quarterback Michael Vick and South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius.

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