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Illustration for article titled Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith offered $1 million to fight each other

Hollywood Boxing Federation promoter Damon Feldman has offered $1 million to Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg to fight each other in Las Vegas on Feb. 26, ostensibly to raise money for charity. Feldman—who calls himself “The WWE of Boxing,” even though the WWE is not a man, nor did the WWE ever date Jon Gosselin’s ex-girlfriend and then try to goad him into a for-profit fight about it—is the organizer behind match-ups featuring people like Danny Bonaduce, Michael Lohan, Tonya Harding, Rodney King, and Willie Aames, so is clearly well-versed in dealing in celebrity. He recently told RadarOnline that the Smith’s and Wahlberg’s backgrounds in training with professional boxers—for Ali and The Fighter, respectively—has uniquely prepared them to “have a little fun duking it out” while earning money to “donate to their favorite charities.”

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Of course, given that Feldman was recently charged with three counts of felony theft and two counts of bribery, admitted that 95 percent of his fights are fixed, has been charged with six counts of promoting fights without a license, and was accused by Pennsylvania’s Senior Deputy Attorney General of pocketing every single dollar earned from his “charity” matches, we don’t know, something tells us Smith and Wahlberg may not want to be associated with this.

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