Another brand distances from Pacquiao

Wonderful Pistachios won’t sound wonderful to Manny Pacquiao at all.

The brand, which was formerly endorsed by Pacquiao, has distanced itself from the embattled boxing star after the latter’s controversial statement against same-sex couples.

“Wonderful Pistachios is not currently affiliated with Manny Pacquiao nor do his views align with ours,” said Wonderful Pistachios spokesperson Jennifer George in a report by USA TODAY Sports.

“Wonderful Pistachios stands firmly for diversity and equality and we proudly support marriage equality and inclusion around the world.”

The development came at the heels of Nike’s decision to split ways with the eight-division former world champion.

US sports apparel giant branded Pacquiao’s remarks against gay couples as “abhorrent.”

In a statement, Nike said it severed its ties with the fighting congressman, who is running for senator this May.

Pacquiao stirred violent reactions from gay rights advocates after he described same-sex couples as “worse than animals.”

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said. “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.”

Pacquiao has since apologized for his statements, saying that he does not condemn homosexuals.

“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 said he was not condemning homosexuals but is standing by his conservative Christian faith.

“I love you all with the love of the Lord. I am praying for you.”

Pacquiao also has other endorsements in the US, including Foot Locker and Nestle.

The firms have yet to comment on the status of their respective contracts with the Filipino boxer. — With a report from Agence France-Presse

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  • Big Bubba
    20 February 2016 at 2:05 am - Reply

    I respect Manny Paquiao’s beliefs but if you are an icon, hero to some and on top of all that running to be a senator, you have to be more politically correct. Had he gone back to school to further his education, would he made that devastating comment? I don’t think so, perhaps it’s lack of education and bad adviser. Sorry Manny, you were dropped by Nike, Footlocker (I think) and Pistachio, many of us have to drop you as well.

  • Dave
    20 February 2016 at 3:42 am - Reply

    The video coverage being propagated by the media is edited and incomplete information…designed to defame and mislead the people viewing this information about the complete interview of Manny Pacquaio personal opinion… Search for the complete interview in the Philippines News and Facebook..You can find the complete video of interview…

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    1 March 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    With school or without, Manny is already rich…you can be all but hurt, he can sit at home drinking San Miguel all day…

  • Froilan Magaoay
    17 March 2016 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    After benefiting from Pacquiao’s endorsements, it became apparent how shallow business owners could be. If indeed Tito Manny made such comments against LGBT community, atleast he was not lying about it? So to say the TRUTH hurts, isn’t it. Who is really the loser here? Tito Manny made money out of it, those businesses are no longer making money… Business owners could be..??? Well, it is what it is…Folks, let us look at the problem closer…who is really the REAL LIAR, is it the person showing you who they want to be but not who they really are???