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Billionaire Jack Ma Challenges Floyd Mayweather to a Fight (with Help from Manny Pacquiao)

China’s richest man is raring to take on The Money Team.
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It’s The Money Team versus the “The Real Manny Team,” says Manny Pacquiao in a viral Twitter post featuring himself and Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, who happens to be the richest man in China.

The Alibaba founder is seen training with the national boxing hero. "Floyd Mayweather, if you want a real fight, fight me. If you want an exhibition, my guy, my friend, Jack Ma will take care of you," Pacquiao says.

"I am ready. Any time, any place, Manny's team is ready," Ma said.

Ma is a renowned martial arts fan. Unknown to many, he starred in a short flick produced by Jet Li titled Gong Shou Dao (The Way of Attack and Defense).

Last month, the 55-year-old Ma stepped down as Alibaba’s executive chairman, saying that he would like to focus on his other passions such as education. Alibaba is a $460-billion tech company founded in 1999. It is largely through Alibaba that Ma grew his own fortune, which currently stands at $40 billion.

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