Pacquiao-Mayweather charity basketball game eyed next year

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 4)— Retired boxing champions Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. may soon face off again — in a different ring.

Both camps confirmed they are in talks to hold a basketball exhibition match in the Philippines next year.

"May ino-organize kaming basketball game," the senator said in a chance interview with reporters on Saturday. "Bubuo siya ng team niya, mag-buo rin ako ng team ko na may dalawang former NBA player na maglalaro. Dito sa Pilipinas. Baka January."

[Translation: We're organizing a basketball game. He will form his team, I will my form my team with two former NBA players. Here in the Philippines. Perhaps in January.]

In an earlier interview, Mayweather also revealed he would be heading to the Philippines to play hoops with Pacquiao — a trip he said is "coming up soon." 

Pacquiao — who's running for president next year — said Mayweather's visit has nothing to do with politics. He said earnings from the match would go to charity.

"Ang purpose namin is basketball game. Sports 'yan eh. Kung ano man 'yung pulitika natin dito, sa atin ito. Iba naman 'yung sa amin," Pacquiao said when asked if he is expecting a possible endorsement from Mayweather ahead of the 2022 polls.

[Translation: Our purpose is to play basketball. That's sports. Whatever politics we have here, that's different.]