Anyone who’s been following boxing recently (which there aren’t a lot of) know that 50 Cent had been buddy-buddy with Floyd Mayweather Jr. That’s why today’s news that the rapper/boxing promoter is teaming with Manny Pacquiao to form a boxing promotional company shouldn’t be too surprising.
According to BoxingScene.net, in July, 50 Cent announced the formation of TMT Promotions, and signed Yuriorkis Gamboa, Billy Dibb, Celestino Caballero and Andre Dirrell. He also obtained a promoter’s license in New York, and submitted paperwork to get a license in Las Vegas. But he quickly shut that down to form the partnership with Pac-Man.
“I think with 50 Cent, with his entertainment connections and his popularity there, combining that with Manny’s popularity and expertise in boxing – we can bring a new flavor to boxing – we can excite some young boxers and I think we can sign some top quality boxers,” Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz says.
It should be interesting to see how Mayweather responds and it’s safe to say that the rumors that there was a beef between he and 50 could be true.