MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao and rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally met each other – and even exchanged numbers – at an NBA game.
Both Pacquiao and Mayweather were at courtside when the Miami Heat hosted the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Arena.
The fighters, who are in the midst of negotiations for a May 2 super fight, were introduced on the arena's big screen, and the video board even read "Coming in 2015?" when they were shown, according to South Florida Sun Sentinel writer Ira Winderman.
At halftime, Mayweather approached Pacquiao and the two briefly spoke and shook hands. The "Pacman" later revealed that they exchanged numbers.
"He gave me his number to me and said we will communicate with each other," said Pacquiao, as quoted by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
Pacquiao told reporters at the arena that it was the first time he has ever spoken to Mayweather in person.
The Filipino boxer also said that he was informed only a minute before halftime that Mayweather would be approaching him.
Mayweather, for his part, said that he wanted to talk to Pacquiao about "all the lies" that have been hampering the discussions between their camps.
Reynolds later reported that Pacquiao was only at the Heat-Bucks game because his flight had been cancelled due to Winter Storm Juno.
Bleacher Report's Ethan J. Skolnick also reported that Pacquiao was spotted outside the Miami Heat's locker room ahead of the game. Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra is part-Filipino.
Skolnick further reported that when the two boxers were shown on the big screen, Mayweather "gets a much louder reaction than Pacquiao, good and bad."
Pacquiao has repeatedly said that he has agreed to all terms set by Mayweather for a May 2 fight, and is only waiting for the American boxer to sign the contract.