Manny Pacquiao's Rep Denies Dana White's Claim of Nike Dropping Pac-Man

Mick AkersAnalyst IAugust 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 11:  Boxer Manny Pacquiao appears on stage and points to his NIKE shoes during the official weigh-in for his bout against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Marquez when the two meet in the ring for the third time on November 12 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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After UFC president, Dana White, claimed that footwear giant Nike was dropping boxing great Manny Pacquiao for UFC superstar, Jon Jones, it appeared that boxing suffered another blow from the MMA world. But Pacquiao's publicist says the information is not true (per Boxing Scene).

"Pac-Man's" publicist, Fred Sternburg, claims that Nike and Pacquiao—who signed a deal with Nike in June of 2011 (per Boxing News 24)—are still on good terms and denies White's claims that the eight-division champ has been dropped from the brand.

Sternburg told Boxing Scene, "It's 100 percent false. The relationship between Manny and Nike has never been better."

White originally claimed that even though Pacquio's line was selling well—even admitting to owning some items from the line himself—that Nike dropped Pacquiao for Jones, the current face of the UFC (per MMA Weekly).

As of Monday morning, Nike still has "Pac-Man's" line of endorsed goods up on their website, leaving one to think that Pacquiao's camp is telling the truth.

As time goes by, we will find out who in fact is telling the truth, as it seems like it could be White taking a jab at the sport of boxing. White could be trying to create negative publicity for a sport that has taken a dip in popularity in recent years behind the rise in popularity of MMA.