The Filipino Heritage Night of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Jan. 8, (Wednesday in the Philippines) at Staples Center became memorable for sports fans due to the appearance of, not only one, but two boxing superstars.
Filipino fighting Sen. Manny Pacquiao was only supposed to meet with head coach Doc Rivers, and players of the Clippers before watching the NBA team’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets.
However, unbeknownst to the Pambansang Kamao, he will also be reunited with undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. who also watched the game where the Clippers won 128-109.
The crowd at the Staples Center cheered as Pacquiao shook hands with Mayweather at the courtside after the Filipino boxing champion gave away shirts to the audience.
Aside from Pacquiao, Filipino-American singer Allan Pineda Lindo, popularly known as Apl.de.ap, also attended the event and performed during the half-time break.
Pacquiao and Mayweather last met during an event in Tokyo, Japan on September 2018. During their meeting, the two boxers were heard challenging each another for a rematch.
The two fighters had their first bout in 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won the 12-round fight by an unanimous decision. However, after the match, Pacquiao revealed that he was fighting with an injured shoulder.
Currently, Pacquiao is preparing to defend his WBA Regular Welterweight belt against American boxer Adrien Broner on Jan. 19 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.