Boxing and hip-hop go hand in hand. After all, in the heart of every real rapper out there, competition is an essential element to their being. And from ring entrances to music videos to media events , there has long been a special connection between rap artist and pugilists. In anticipation of tonight's boxing showdown in Las Vegas between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley , here are some of our favorite videos featuring rappers in the ring.
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Willie D vs. Charles Aguilera
The Geto Boy great lands some haymakers like a muthafucka at The Throw Down 'N H-Town in 1999.
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Sticky Fingaz vs. Simon Woodstock
Onyx member rumbles with a skater in 1998 while Jamie Foxx (dressed up as Don King) commentates and DMX does ring intro. The judges' verdict? Well as 50 put it on "How To Rob": "Tell Sticky gimme the cash before I empty three / I'll beat your ass like that white boy on MTV."
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Vanilla Ice vs. Todd Bridges
Giving himself the nickname "Bipolar," Ice Ice Baby runs into a not-having-it "Mad Dog" Willis in 2002.
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Snoop Dogg vs. Roy Jones Jr.
Dammit, Internetz, we can't locate a better clip of this 2008 Father Hood Season 2 episode, but this commercial will have to do. The Doggfather vs. Junior! Who will son who? We think we know the answer (sorry Snoop).
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Eminem vs. Rick Campanelli
Em goofs off in a mini-ring against co-host of the music video show Combat Zone on Canada's MuchMusic channel.
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BONUS: Boxers Rapping...
Roy Jones Jr. — "Ya'll Must've Forgot" Music Video
RJJ reminds you of his career highlights. Rapping wasn't one of them (sorry Roy!).
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Floyd "Money" Mayweather — "Yep" Music Video
"It's like Ding Dong, I'm like King Kong/ I play bitch niggas like ping pong..."
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