CONTRARY to reports, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and giant sports apparel Nike remain solid partners.
Fred Sternburg, publicist of Top Rank Promotions and Pacquiao himself, made the clarification in the face of news reports that Nike is set to drop the Filipino ring great from its list of top endorsers.
Sternburg stressed the reports were “100 percent false.’
“The relationship between Manny and Nike has never been better,” Sternburg said as quoted by BoxingScene.
The news spread like wild fire on social networking sites on Monday shortly after the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) weekly published a report quoting UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) president Dana White that Nike "is shutting down the Manny Pacquiao line."
The item came out shortly after MMA star Jon `Bones’ Jones was signed by Nike, which will soon launch the MMA fighter's own line of sports apparel in time for UFC 151.
“They’re shutting down the Manny Pacquiao line and starting up the Jon Jones line,” said White.
He continued, “I don’t know why they shut down the Pacquiao line, but they did, and that (expletive) was selling like hot cakes. I got Manny Pacquiao (expletive) from Nike.”
Along with Hewlett-Packard and international liquor brand Hennessey, Nike is one of several big brands being endorsed by Pacquiao worldwide.
Tim Bradley, who beat Pacquiao in a stunning split decision two months ago to wrest the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown, had recently been signed by Nike.