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Anti Manny Pacquiao-Nike sponsorship online petition launched, for his comments on gay marriage

By on May 16, 2012 in Boxing, Lifestyle, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: May 16, 2012 10:20 p.m.

Read Manny Pacquiao clarifies gay marriage comments, denies citing Leviticus 20:13 and hating homosexuals

An anti-Manny Pacquiao-Nike sponsorship online petition was launched on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, right after his comments on gay marriage during an earlier interview by Examiner’s Granville Ampong called the attention of the LGBT community.

Manny Pacquiao on Nike ad
Image Credit: Nike

According to the online petition at titled “Nike: End Sponsorship of Homophobic Boxer Manny Pacquiao“, which now has nearly 3,800 signatures, the 33-year old Filipino world boxing champion quoted bible excerpts to state that homosexuals allegedly should be put to death.

“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” A statement reads on the said petition page, which was created by GayMarriageUSA of New York, with Pacquiao allegedly quoting the Leviticus 20:13 Bible verse.

“It is completely unacceptable that such a high-profile company should be sponsoring a boxer who is encouraging violence towards LGBT people.” GayMarriageUSA added, and inviting the public to sign on their petition calling on Nike to end their sponsorship to Pacquiao.

As reported earlier, The Grove spokesman Bill Reich said that Manny Pacquiao is not welcome on their place, citing similar reasons for the boxer’s comment on gay marriage, which follows that the interview to him by “Extra” host Mario Lopez this Wednesday has been canceled.

Meanwhile, a post at Manny Pacquiao‘s official website said that the eight-division boxing champion is only quoting the verses from the Bible, noting that “it is evident that more study on the words and teachings of Christ are required”.

Manny Pacquiao, who is also a congressman of Saranggani, Philippines and is being sponsored by Nike for a number of years, is now in the US and preparing for his fight against Timothy Bradley this coming June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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