50 Cent: The Boxing Promoter?
While on a conference call promoting his May 5th showdown with Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather took some time out to address 50 Cent‘s role in Team Mayweather. While many see the relationship as one between two rich, flashy African American men, Mayweather explained that there is some business between the two that comes along with their friendship.
“50 cent is getting involved with fighters and the sport of boxing,” Mayweather said while citing that Curtis Jackson tried his hand at boxing as a young man in Southside Jamaica, Queens. “I went to his neighborhood. He was a rough and tough kid.”
Mayweather enjoys the fact that 50 Cent’s friendship doesn’t come with any financial strings attached. They both don’t need each other and that’s what is important when so many people are asking for money and favors. “We don’t just have a friendship, we have a bond,” he continued.
With the HBO 24/7 series showing 50 Cent constantly in Mayweather’s presence, “Money” reveals that 50 isn’t just there to support, he’s soaking up the game. “He’s going to be involved in the promotion side probably. We’re a team and he’s a part of Mayweather Promotions.”
Mayweather even toyed with the idea of 50 Cent being involved in a pay per view as a fighter. Whether he was saying it in jest or with serious implications has yet to be seen. Nevertheless, 50 Cent could perhaps bring some spark back to the sport as most of the younger demographic have hopped on the MMA bandwagon. This could be the injection the sport needs.
That and a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.