Manny Pacquiao’s son Jimuel held talks to fight Alex Wassabi in charity exhibition until Jake Paul signed YouTube star
YOUTUBE star Alex Wassabi was in talks to fight Manny Pacquiao’s son Jimuel in a charity exhibition.
The pair were set to appear on the “Creator Clash” event on May 14 which pits social media influencers against each other.
The white collar boxing looks to raise funds for the American Heart Association, and had Jimuel and Wassabi set to fight.
But after Wassabi beat KSI’s brother Deji, 25, and signed with American Jake Paul, 25, he went in a different direction.
YouTuber Ian Washburn tweeted: “We originally had Alex Wassabi vs Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr.
“But since Alex’s recent win, he has to spend time focusing on his bigger fights. He won’t be fighting in our event.
“But he will be there… Maybe we can have him be a ring-guy.”
Jimuel, only 21, boxed in exhibitions in the Philippines before but recently made his US amateur boxing debut.
Meanwhile Wassabi, 31, made his YouTube boxing bow against online rival Deji.
He won the bout and confirmed he would fight again, since being signed by Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions.
Wassabi has been trading words online with KSI, 28, fuelling rumours of a summer fight.
KSI – real name Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji – first boxed in a 2018 exhibition beating Joe Weller, 26.
He then drew in a similar bout with Paul’s brother Logan, 26, but won the rematch a year later on points when they turned professional.
KSI is yet to return since the 2019 win but confirmed he would be willing to face Wassabi in his comeback bout.