Manny Pacquiao signs with Chinese sportswear brand
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 04, 2016 03:06 PM
(Photo courtesy of Manny Pacquiao on Instagram: @mannypacquiao)
For the longest time, Manny Pacquiao was the face of boxing with athletic apparel giant Nike.
During Manny's glory days, he proudly represented the Swoosh brand with his own signature line of boxing shoes and gear...that was until earlier this year, when the boxer-slash-politician made some pretty unpopular remarks regarding same-sex marriage.
Nike immediately cut ties with the eight-division world champion, ending a long and fruitful partnership.
In the lead-up to Manny's "retirement" fight against Timothy Bradley, many speculated that he would be signing with another major player in the athletic apparel scene, Under Armour, but nothing came about, and Paquiao went on without a major apparel sponsor.
Just days before his return fight against Jessie Vargas however, it looks like Pacman will be having a new sponsor, as Manny announced on his Instagram that he was picked up by Chinese brand Anta as their new global ambassador.
Pacquiao joins fellow boxers Zou Siming Yang Lianhui from China, as well as a handful of proven winners in the NBA such as former champions Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and Klay Thompson.