"In the Philippines where he is running for senate, most of the people are against same-sex marriage," Arum said.
He subsequently posted an apology to You Tube, 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.
"Why would they want to offend the gay and lesbian community. The legendary promoter said that while he did not agree with Pacquiao's comments, he understood where they came from.
He explained that Pacquiao was a recent convert to evangelical Christianity.
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.
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