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Chinese brand Anta picks up Pacquiao

After being axed by American sportswear manufacturer Nike a few months ago, Manny Pacquiao finds a new home.

Chinese brand Anta have signed “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” to a multi-year sponsorship deal, Friday (Philippine time).

During the signing ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA — the host of Paccquiao’s bout against Jessie Vargas — the company introduced a new line, a Pacquiao-themed “Fight On” series of gears.

“Pacquiao is not only a great boxer, but he serves as a great role model for all sports enthusiasts. He is strict with his training routine and never gives up, which is in keeping with the brand spirit of Anta,” said Anta President Jie Zheng. “Furthermore, Anta and Pacquiao are determined to inspire all customers to continue to ‘Fight On.’”

The world’s only eight-division world champion added that he had always followed the brand due to its innovations.

“Not only is it a leading brand in China, but it has a strong global influence,” Senator Pacquiao said. “I have followed Anta’s development in boxing, and got more details from Zou Shiming. Undoubtedly Anta is very professional in the research and development of boxing products as well as the promotion of boxing events.”

Besides Pacquiao, the brand also have Chinese pugilists Zou Shiming and Yang Lianhui in its team. Pacquiao also joins Anta basketball athletes Kevin Garnett and Klay Thompson, as well as ultra-marathon runner Chen Penbin.

Pacquiao was released from his Nike sponsorship after the boxer-turned-politician made “homophobic” statements last April. Nike deemed that it was against their views as a company.

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Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38KO) is set to make his return to the ring after a five-month hiatus on Sunday, November 5, as he faces Jessie Vargas (27-1 10KO)) for the WBO Welterweight Championship.

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