News: 50 Cent Quietly Plots Another Shot At Reality TV
Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 6:21PM
G-Unit's 50 Cent appears to be letting music take a backseat to his infatuation with the sport of boxing as some of his plans to put together a new reality television series have surfaced.
Although details are still scarce, Fif's aim is to spark new interest in the aggressive sport.
Jackson's fighters are all talented, but not many people outside of boxing have heard of them. So now he has to draw on the marketing genius that made him a millionaire in hip-hop, apparel and even flavored water. He's making certain that Gamboa, a Cuban defector, learns English. He's scheming up a TV reality show, a la The Ultimate Fighter. He also intends to change the current fight card paradigm. "I want to do away with the main event," he says. "I want the entire card itself to be the main event. Not just the last fight." Another thing he gets: the power of his own Q rating. "Due to the competitive nature of hip-hop, there are people who want to see 50 Cent fail," he says. "So those people will tune in to see if Billy Dib loses -- and that's a vital connection through pop culture." (ESPN)
Back in 2008, Fif suffered the wrath of television networks when his "Money & The Power" reality series was pulled from the air.
The New York Post has confirmed that MTV will be dropping 50 Cent's reality show, "50 Cent: The Money And The Power," due to its low ratings. Despite Fif's claims that his show was doing great, it seems as if Donald Trump's calculations were more on point. As XXLmag.com previously reported the multi-millionaire said that "The Money And The Power" will fail, because it was a rip off of his TV series "The Apprentice." While 50's program was cancelled, MTV has plans for 16 new reality shows to premiere on the network. (XXL Mag)
Earlier this month, Curtis Jackson delved into his love for boxing.
"I just always loved the sport, so it's exciting to be a part of it," Fif said in an interview. "I'm aware of fighters in different territories because I travel so much. ... [What hip-hop artist would I want to box?] Flo Rida would probably be the toughest guy to match-up in a fight because he physically trains that way. It would be fun, it would be real entertaining. We need to actually get the pay-per-view going now. Call Flo Rida and see what we can do. [laughs]" (Fox 5)
Last summer, the G-Unit head officially received a boxing license in Nevada.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that Curtis Jackson is now an officially licensed boxing promoter in New York State, with plans to get his license in Nevada as well. His company is called The Money Team Promotions (TMT) and will reportedly rep Yuri Gamboa and Andre Dirrell at the outset. There's no word on whether 50 will ultimately work officially with Floyd. And while a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is still a longshot, if anybody can make it happen it's a dude who survived nine gunshot wounds. (Complex)
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