Nike has severed its long-time sponsorship deal with famed Filipino boxer and lawmaker Manny Pacquiao after the athlete sparked outrage with anti-gay comments.
The 37-year-old world champion, who is running in May elections for a seat in the Philippines' Senate, told a local broadcaster that gay people were "worse than animals."
"It's just common sense. Do you see any animals of the same sex mating?" said Pacquiao, who already has a House of Representatives seat.
He subsequently posted an apology to YouTube, saying he was sorry for hurt he had caused, but also reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage, which is not permitted in the staunchly Roman Catholic country.
Nike, the world's largest apparel maker, cut ties with the boxer-turned-politician immediately.
"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," the company said in a statement.
Pacquiao had been with Nike for eight years, wearing shorts in the ring with the Nike swoosh.