Report: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Basketball Match to Happen in December 2021

Published 10/25/2021, 7:29 AM EDT


Once rivals in the ring, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will advance their competition by stepping foot in a charity basketball game, reportedly in December 2021. After years of collation, boxing fans have rightly acknowledged them as two of the best of the era.

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While Mayweather beat ‘Pac-Man’ back in 2015 in the ‘Fight Of The Century’, the Filipino legend can settle the score on the basketball court. Both the boxers share a common love for the sport of basketball. It is also said that they agreed to their famous boxing scrap after meeting in person at an NBA game in 2015.

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As they have relinquished their boxing careers professionally, Mayweather and Pacquiao are still actively making news. That said, they are back to the headlines for the charity basketball game. Per the report, both men have signed the papers. And the game will be held to provide charitable funds for their Christmas plans.

The Money Team and Mayweather Promotions will organize the event in joint co-operation from Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotion. Per reports, the boxers will be allowed to have one former NBA player each in their team. Thus the 10-men clash can see at least four big athletes in action.

The letter of intent signed by both men says, “We agree on the main concept of the event, which is to bring total entertainment to the fans of boxing, basketball, and all sports in general, and to create a project that will solidify our legacies to the fans.”

It will be an entertaining sporting event but can also be a stage of heated collision. Because Mayweather-Pacquiao rivalry was fresh even a few months ago.

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Floyd Mayweather was taking shots at Manny Pacquiao

After Mayweather’s below-average performance against Logan Paul in an exhibition, Manny Pacquiao announced his return against Errol Spence Jr. for the welterweight world titles. 44-year-old Mayweather hinted at his lucrative $100 million + income from the Logan Paul bout and claimed that ‘Pac-Man’ needs to fight for money.

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Aug 21, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada; Manny Pacquiao (left) fights Yordenis Ugas in a world welterweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

In response, Manny Pacquiao said, “If it were just for money, I’d have chosen someone else, and not a real boxer. If it were just for money, why would I face an undefeated fighter? This is a real fight, not one against an opponent who isn’t a boxer.”

“I’m not like any other fighter. I want a real fight, real rivals, real challenges against the best. I’ve always been like that.”

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Unfortunately, Errol Spence Jr. pulled out after suffering a retinal injury. But WBA champion Yordenis Ugas jumped in as an immediate replacement. In the fight, Ugas handed Pacquiao a lopsided UD loss and ‘Pac-Man’ billed it to be his final fight. Now, he is again on the brink of meeting Floyd Mayweather, after a heated back and forth a few months back. So, it can potentially be an alluring affair.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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