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Manny Pacquiao Is Confused As To Whether He’s Really Fighting Floyd Mayweather In This Foot Locker Ad

The long-awaited matchup of the two best fighters of their generation is finally on. Unless this is all just another Foot Locker commercial.

Manny Pacquiao Is Confused As To Whether He’s Really Fighting Floyd Mayweather In This Foot Locker Ad

The much-discussed fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is finally happening May 2, after years during which the two best welterweights of their generation continually managed to avoid stepping into the ring together. Much has been made about the lengths that the undefeated Mayweather went to in order to avoid putting his record on the line during Pacquiao’s heyday, but now–with both fighters in their mid-thirties and a record payday at stake–the two are actually going to face off. The fight was announced in late February, three months after Pacquiao appeared in a spot for Foot Locker’s “Week Of Greatness” campaign in which he poked fun at the fact that Mayweather had spent years ducking him.

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With the fight just a week from happening, though, Pacquiao shot a new spot for Foot Locker–this time tweaking both his own image as a lovable goof (he has a second career as a lounge singer, a third career as a politician, and a fourth career as a professional basketball player in his home in the Philippines) and the previous ad: An agent tells Pacquiao the good news about the fight, reminding him that the last time it happened, it was just a Foot Locker commercial. Of course, since the new spot is also a Foot Locker commercial, Pacquiao ends up increasingly confused and dejected–something that he’ll be able to resolve in the ring on May 2, assuming this isn’t all a massive hoax perpetrated by Big Sneaker.

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Dan Solomon lives in Austin with his wife and his dog. He's written about music for MTV and Spin, sports for Sports Illustrated, and pop culture for Vulture and the AV Club

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