A REMATCH between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains one of the most intriguing fights the world is waiting for.
But only a few know that last week, the two did have a faceoff.
Well, sort of.
Digital likenesses of Pacquiao and Mayweather (who we should mention both stood at 10 feet tall), engaged in an online hardcourt battle last August 11 on online streamer JAS Gaming's channel.
Obviously, Pacquiao suited up for Gilas Pilipinas, which also had Jordan Clarkson and young studs Kai Sotto and AJ Edu in the team.
Mayweather, on the other hand, represented the Los Angeles Lakers, and teamed up with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
If you thought that was crazy, this game was just getting started.
Tweety Bird played point for Gilas, while Ant-Man orchestrated the offense for the Lakers.
But matchups like these aren't really that odd if you follow JAS Gaming on Facebook, which now has close to 14,000 subscribers.
It's crazy rosters like these that make his streaming channel special, with out-of-this world duels being played in a modded version of NBA 2K13.
All this fantasy basketball comes from the mind of 16-year-old James Sicat from Bacoor, Cavite.
"Nagkaroon lang po ako ng idea sa mga nagsi-stream ng NBA2K. Napansin ko po na sobrang konti lang ng nag-stream ng NBA2K dito, so tinry ko din po," he said.
Sicat is a basketball fan by heart who looks up to LeBron James, James Yap, and Thirdy Ravena.
Like any other teenager, he's also an avid gamer.
Combine that together, and you got a perfect match as Sicat made the most of his extended time at home due to the quarantine restrictions. He fired up his trusted PC and began livestreaming his beloved NBA2K.
"Simula po nung bata pa lang ako, NBA2K na po talaga yung nilalaro ko. So pwede ko pong sabihin na gamay ko na po talaga yung laro kaya yun yung naisipan kong i-stream kasi doon po ako magaling," he said.
"Matagal na po akong nagsi-stream pero gameplay lang talaga. Hindi ako nagsasalita. Pero tutal, wala namang magawa sa quarantine, nag-try ako bumalik sa stream. Nag-start sa five viewers lang, naging 20, masaya na ako. Tapos hanggang sa lumaki na po ng lumaki."
Thus, the growth of JAS Gaming.
Funny doesn't even begin to describe his videos, which regularly reel in at least 100,000 views.
Ever imagined those Marvel superheroes tussling against their DC Comics counterparts? Or even Thanos playing on the hardcourt? Or what about Son Goku, Naruto, and the whole Shohoku team from Slam Dunk getting their shots up?
The possibilities are endless.
But it's not limited to characters, with JAS Gaming also pitting celebrities and politicians in a game, with Manila mayor Isko Moreno, Pasig mayor Vico Sotto, and celebrities Willie Revillame and Vice Ganda all being used in his streams.
And we haven't even mentioned his eccentric style of commentary, inserting funny sound effects to make his games all the more lively.
"Nilagyan ko lang siya ng twist: yung parang may real-life commentator at may mga funny players na fine-feature ko," said Sicat.
You wouldn't even notice the time, with his streams regularly clocking in at three to five hours per session.
Sicat knows that he still has ways to go before JAS Gaming can be in the same breath as his idol streamers like Akosi Dogie and ChooxTv.
But he's happy that somehow, his streams are entertaining enough to help fill the big sports gap in our lives, with majority of the sporting competitions in the country postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
"Masaya po ako kasi tulad ko, hilig ko rin manood ng mga basketball games sa TV. Masaya ako na napupunan ko kahit papano yung hinahanap nila. Ang goal ko naman talaga is ma-feel ng mga viewers na parang totoo yung pinapanood nila," said Sicat, who wants to be a computer programmer in the future.
With classes set to resume online, Sicat said that he'll still try to continue his daily streaming, with more interesting matchups cooked up by him and his brother coming soon.
"Marami pa akong naiisip na future matchups na dapat abangan ng karamihan," he said with a laugh. "Blessed pa din po ako kasi sobrang daming taong natutuwa sa ginagawa ko."
Oh, and about that Pacquiao-Mayweather game? Money once again got the better of Pacman, with the Lakers blasting Gilas, 156-125.