G-Unit leader 50 Cent appears to be taking a new venture into the world of boxing serious with him now trading jabs with renowned boxer and former Floyd Mayweather, Jr. nemesis Oscar De La Hoya.
Late Wednesday (July 25) evening, the two entertainers began going at each other’s necks.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has had a long friendship with Mayweather. Jackson tweeted to De La Hoya at 8:38 p.m. ET on Wednesday, “@oscardelahoya I don’t gamble floyd do,but I bet you won’t be promoting Floyd mayweather no more. TMT PROMOTIONS” He followed that up 13 minutes later by writing, “@oscardelahoya sweet heart I’m surprised you would respond to me and Floyd starting the company the wayyou did.” Then, at 9:27 p.m. ET, he wrote, “Baby girl, @oscardelahoya, baby girl you here me, stop hating STOP IT RIGH NOW.” De La Hoya, who has since deleted all of his Tweets to Jackson, wrote, “@50cent your a boxing promoter? good luck maybe we can work someday. #success #nextgeneration #GBB #TMT “That, though, did not go over well with 50 Cent. He tweeted twice in response, first writing “Classic,” while including De La Hoya’s tweet. Then, he wrote a separate tweet, saying, “Great back pedal,can you swim backwards like that to girl?lol I except that as a apology.#GBB #TMT more success a head.” (Yahoo Sports)
Tensions reportedly boiled in light of 50 teaming up with Mayweather for their own The Money Team (TMT) Promotions team, seemingly ending a bond to De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions company.
If Mayweather does indeed end Golden Boy’s and his six-fight relationship, that would be a huge loss for Golden Boy–as no one can draw an audience in person and on pay-per-view like Mayweather. TMT Promotions is expected to sign featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa and up-and-coming super middleweight Andre Dirrell as the company’s first fighters. Adding Mayweather would seem like the natural next step for TMT Promotions, as 50 Cent mentioned that it’s his and Mayweather’s company in one of his tweets, and the company bears Mayweather’s nickname, “Money” in its name. The emergence of TMT Productions could have a big effect on boxing, as some fighters who are with Golden Boy or their rival Top Rank could end up with TMT Promotions, opening up fights that may not been possible before due to the feud between Golden Boy and Top Rank. (Bleacher Report)
Last weekend, reports surfaced online claiming 50 officially became a licensed boxing promoter.
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)
Back in April, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. hinted at Fif’s interest in boxing promotion.
In an interview with RingTV, Mayweather revealed that 50 Cent has been getting involved with Mayweather Promotions and may be featured on a fight card in the future. “Well, 50 is getting involved in boxing as far as getting involved with fighters, because he boxed at one particular time in South Side Jamaica, Queens. I had a chance of actually going to his neighborhood, and he was a rough, rough kid, tough,” Mayweather said. “I think he’s going to be involved on the promotion side. We may even put him there, let him fight on pay-per-view one time. So we don’t really know what the future holds, but he is getting involved with boxing,” he added. (CBN News)
Check out a recent 50 Cent interview below: