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BASKETBALL has succeeded where boxing has failed and brought Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao together for the first time.

The welterweights both attended the Miami Heat-Milwauke Bucks game on Tuesday night, and sat facing each other, on opposing sides of the arena. At half-time, the two fighters came together for a brief discussion.

“He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other,” Pacquiao said, according to The Associated Press.

The Filipino had never before met Mayweather – despite appearing on Floyd’s undercard in 2001 – but they have spoken on the phone.

The rivals have been linked together for many years. The subject of a fight between the pair has grown tiresome due to their incessant failure to agree terms but hopes were raised – yet again – this year when both indicated they wanted the fight.

Negotiations are believed to be ongoing but rumours are rife that world middleweight boss Miguel Cotto – whom Mayweather decisioned in May 2012 – is ready to step in and fight the unbeaten American instead.

An announcement is expected in the next few days.

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