BoxingScene.com is reporting that WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao may be in talks to take his future endorsements from Nike to the Jordan Brand. According to the report, his Filipino legal counsel Creative Talent & Advisory Group, LLC (CTAG) has him on the verge of a move.
Antony Gordon, President and Co-Founder of CTAG, who is apparently the man at the center of the discussions with Nike released this statement:
“… as I explained to one of the key decision makers who deals with global marketing and branding at Nike, it became clear to Manny several months ago that there was a cultural disconnect between his enormous Asian fan base who literally follow Manny’s every move on the one hand, and the generic cache’ Nike brand that is one of the most well recognized logos in the world. For Manny, the fact thatthe hundreds of fans who came to express their support for him after the Mosley fight were wearing Manny Pacquiao T-shirts and Jordan sneakers was more impactful than any ‘focus group’ could have been. Finally, the infatuation of sports fans in the Philippines and surrounding areas in Asia with basketball finally hit a ‘marketing tipping point’ when the local media began branding Pacquiao as the so-called ‘Michael Jordan of boxing …”
Nothing more is known at the moment, but stay tuned in for more information about this possible blockbuster move.