G-Unit leader 50 Cent and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.‘s new The Money Team (TMT) Promotions signee Andre Dirrell recently spoke on joining the crew and why this decision is his smartest to date.
According to Dirrell, Fif and Floyd flew him out to Las Vegas last month to place an offer on the table.
“Honestly, it’s just the leadership. It’s the leadership of 50 Cent. But when you sit down with 50 Cent, man, people can say, “well, he’s just a rapper.” They may say, “he deals with music, he deals with endorsments, he ain’t got no time for boxing.” But I looked at like this: He’s a total businessman, and a 100-percent wraparound. He’s always talking business. Anytime that I need advice, he’s willing to give it to me, man. He’s just always on his game. So he’s been around Floyd for years, and they’ve been talking to me. He knows the game, man. When I got to see that side of him, I knew I was in good hands.” (Ring TV)
He also vowed to help boost up the credibility and image of TMT through their partnership.
“I’m fighting for my idol. I get to be in the limelight with Floyd Mayweather and I get to stand next to 50 Cent and they can help me to make the wise, career decisions for me. It’s really something where I hope that we can build a family bond. But as of right now, man, it’s the smartest decision I’ve made in my career so far, and I know that for a fact. You’ve got a $400 million man, and a $300 million man, and they want to see another guy make a name for himself, and they’re giving me that opportunity. So, maybe when I get up there in the rankings, me and Andre Ward can have a showdown and then, I can walk the rest of my career out with style, man. As 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather boost my career, I can boost theirs as well, and we can make a big name for The Money Team Promotions. I’m really blessed and I’m really fortunate to be in this situation right now.” (Ring TV)
This week, Fif got into a brief but heated exchange with boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya over his new TMT venture.
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 which claimed 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)
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