KEY POINTS

  • Mayweather and Pacquiao will host a basketball charity event in December
  • Former NBA players are expected to be part of the team selection
  • The charity event will be held before Pacquiao’s 43rd birthday

It is widely believed that even though Manny Pacquiao has retired, a rematch with rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. would easily change his mind.

It appears that a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather rematch is finally happening only that both future Hall of Famers will not be trading punches.

Instead, it will be a test of skill on the basketball court dubbed as the  "Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao All-Star Basketball Charity" according to Spin.PH.

The said event will reportedly take place this coming December in Las Vegas.

Seeing how both Pacquiao and Mayweather are basketball junkies, the promotional arms of the two boxing icons collaborated to come up with the charity event.

“We agreed 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,” the Letter of Intent, signed by both Pacquiao and Mayweather, read.

The revenue generated from the basketball charity event will reportedly go to chosen charities in time for Christmas.

It has yet to be known who will join the teams of Pacquiao and Mayweather. However, there will reportedly be at least two former NBA players participating in the event.

The two boxing icons will handpick other members for their respective teams.

No official date has been set, but the report added that it will likely be held before Pacquiao turns 43 years old on December 17.

The venue has also yet to be made official although it is likely to take place at the MGM Grand.

Both have to some degree showed their love for basketball. Mayweather has been a prominent figure during NBA games.

As far as playing, "Money" has hosted and played in some celebrity games such as this one in 2013.

On the part of Pacquiao, he is technically a former professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Pacquiao retired in 2018 but did so to focus on boxing and his own basketball league--the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, Panay News reported.

Since announcing his retirement from boxing in September, Pacquiao is busy preparing for his 2022 Philippine presidential bid under the PDP-Laban party.

mayweather pacquiao When it comes to athlete earnings, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition. Photo: Reuters