Nike axes Pacquiao contract over gay slurs - official

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Los Angeles (AFP)

US sports equipment giant Nike on Wednesday severed its relationship with Manny Pacquiao, lashing out at the Filipino boxer's remarks in which he described homosexuals as "worse than animals."

"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," a Nike statement 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, which is accurate."