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What Manny Pacquiao said to Floyd Mayweather at basketball match

Pacquiao and Mayweather both attended the match in Los Angeles last week amid rumours of a rematch

Manny Pacquiao has revealed details of his exchange with Floyd Mayweather last week. Both boxers attended the LA Clippers’ basketball match with Charlotte Hornets at the Staples Center.

Pacquiao crossed the court to greet his long-time rival as speculation continues that they will fight again this year. Mayweather cruised to a points win over the Filipino in 2015 and has since twice retired from the ring.

But if Pacquiao beats Adrien Broner on January 19 he could then face Mayweather again in June. Recalling their meeting, he said: “Surprisingly, I didn’t know that he was there at the game.

“I was invited on that Filipino Heritage Night at the Clippers’ game. I didn’t know that he was there and then when they were throwing t-shirts to the crowds I saw him. And then I just say, “Hello.” That’s it.”

Pacquiao has consistently declined to comment on a possible second fight with Mayweather until he takes on Broner.

And he added: “You cannot avoid the people that will ask if there’s a rematch with Floyd Mayweather because I think they have a big question mark in their mind and also in their heart about that what happened in that fight.

“I’m just answering them that I don’t have a plan yet. I’m very focused on this fight January 19 against Adrien Broner because Broner is a former champion and he’s the kind of fighter that you cannot underestimate or take him lightly.”

“Let me take care of this January 19 and then I have to worry about who is my opponent next. I have no problem to fight anybody as long as there’s not a problem about negotiation. But my plan is just one at a time.”

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