Recent Manila visitor, streetball sensation Mani Love calls out Kevin Hart, Justin Bieber
As a member of the Court Kingz team, Mani Love visited the Philippines to play in exhibition games at the Mall of Asia Arena. Dante Peralta

FORMER Manila visitor and 4-foot-5 streetball sensation Mani Love called out celebrities Kevin Hart and Justin Bieber for a basketball showdown in a video interview with TMZ Sports on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).    

Jahmani Swanson, AKA Mani Love, got featured on TMZ after his video of crossing up random pedestrians in New York City went viral on social media late last month.

When asked whose ankles he’d love to break next, Mani Love had a ready reply as he has his sights on the two celebrities with a combined five NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP awards.  

“Oh man, the No.1 guy they tag in all of my videos- Kevin Hart! That game has to go! He’s seen me (so) he knows who I am,” said Love, who shared that he made his choice not for their popular appeal but for respect of their skills and the appeal of the match-up.  

“It’s really not about their names (but about) they play basketball so I respect [them]. I feel like it’s going to be a great show!” he added.

But when it came to Bieber, though, he added a little jab.

“It’ll be good because he thinks he’s really good. And it’s great entertainment. I’ve got a feeling what I did to (the woman who stumbled after his crossover dribble) I can do to him,” Mani Love said.

“You don’t want these problems. He’ll be outta tour! He gotta do it after (his) tour’s over! I’d mess up that paper, I’d mess up those bookings.”

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As a member of the Court Kingz team, the New York native Love visited the Philippines for an exhibition game at the Mall of Asia Arena in August 2016 where he impressed Filipinos with his court skills, particularly his dribbling and passing.  

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