Manny Pacquiao launches NFT

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Part of the legendary boxer's NFT collection will be a 'one-of-one' moving portrait

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Manny Pacquiao - Photo: Shutterstock

Boxing legend and Filipino politician Manny Pacquiao has launched a non-fungible token (NFT) on Ethernity, a digital platform that produces licensed, authenticated NFTs.

At the centre of this NFT collection is the “up close and highly realistic, one-of-one moving portrait by artist Rikognition” which has been named ‘PacMan’ after the boxer’s nickname.    

Rikognition, a visual effects and digital artist based in Los Angeles whose real name is Kenson Lee, said: “The piece is inspired by Pacquiao’s career, in which a moment in time can feel both fleeting yet lasting an eternity. The juxtaposition of animated movement with hyperrealism invokes surreal but grounded action, which is larger than life.”

Due to the rarity of this “moving portrait”, Ethernity is running a live auction that will close in 12 hours’ time, with the current bid on this NFT being at $13,008 (£9,440) as of 9.55 am BST.   

Manny Pacquiao collection

As part of the NFT collection a “common”, “epic”, “legendary” and the “PacMan” belt are also available to buy.

The winner of the centrepiece NFT of Pacquiao will also be sent two tickets to Pacquiao's fight for the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title against Yordenis Ugas on 21 August. The winner will also be given a “meet and greet” and photo opportunity with the boxer.

Additionally, buyers of the digital trading cards NFTs will be entered into a raffle to win signed gloves, fight robe and fight-worn boots.    

Sports meets NFTs

Recently, NFT providers have partnered with various mainstream sports, such as cricket and wrestling.

Rario, a NFT platform that allows fans to trade iconic moments from cricket history, is to partner with blockchain protocol Polygon. Polygon's new arm Polygon Studios will build the Rario platform, which will allow fans to make faster and easier transactions.

Users will be able to gather digital NFT collectables of their favourite cricket players using Polygon Studios' game and NFT hub. Rario has already partnered with cricket leagues around the world, including the Lanka Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League.

Kurt Angle, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) hall-of-fame star and former freestyle wrestling Olympic gold medallist, has also recently joined the NFT space, launching an NFT with LuchaCoin, which unveiled its first Lucha NFTs in April 2021. The Kurt Angle Gold Card NFT features the greatest moments in the wrestler’s life, such as the 1996 Olympic Games and his pro wrestling championship runs.

Angle is not the first wrestler LuchaCoin has worked with: the company has also partnered with Angelina Love, Gail Kim and El Phantasmo.

Further reading: Burberry enters NFT marketplace

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