G-Unit leader 50 Cent has one less enemy to worry about these days as boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has downplayed publicized tensions between them.
Despite the occasional jabs and decision to no longer work together, Money Mayweather said he has no ill will toward the rap star.
“Just as a man, I respect him, I love him,” Mayweather said. “There’s a lot of my friends, a lot of my associates, that I don’t speak to on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean that I wish anything bad toward them.” Mayweather, who is training here for a May 3 welterweight unification against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand, said he would “love for my dad to work with 50 Cent” in the future. “50 Cent’s a great guy, he’s always invited into my gym. If his fighters want to come to my gym and work, they can come work in my gym also,” he said. (M Live)
Mayweather also suggested miscommunication and media may have intensified things.
“I think 50 Cent is a great guy,” Mayweather said. “You can’t be my friend on Monday and then not my friend on Tuesday. Real friends go through ups and downs. I can’t say in November, a guy’s my friend and I love him, and in December I hate him. Sometimes, things can be miscommunication. A lot of times, media can play a major role. Things can get said that’s not true. … Hopefully, his music can go back to the top. And hopefully, he does good in the sport of boxing.” (M Live)
Last year, 50 said Mayweather walked away from an opprotunity to bank at least $100 million.
“Yes, he did duck the fight, that’s $100 million and you just left it,” 50 Cent explained. “I mean for two reasons – I think he concentrates on how much someone else is getting paid as opposed to how much he’s actually getting paid and then I think he kind of sees himself in a space that no one else sees himself in, that he’s so high on top of it that he shouldn’t give some of other great fighters a chance to be in that position at this point. It is true, he could fight a cab driver and we would be tuned into it. … He’s not afraid of Pacquiao or any fighter. I think it’s more of him saying, ‘Who do I have to fight?’ At this point, it’s more about him finding the perfect opponent…” (First Take)
In a separate interview, 50 suggested Floyd had a knack for ducking from real competition.
During a recent interview with Ring, 50 Cent took a couple of hilarious shots at his ‘friend.’ “It started with me wanting to collaborate with Floyd because I don’t see anything else that he’s passionate about,” 50 Cent said, when asked how he and Mayweather began working together. “If you don’t have income away from boxing when you’re not boxing, what can you expect? I was trying to help develop what happens for him following fighting. I hear him think out loud and say ‘I think I got two or three more left in me.'” Later, during that same session with reporters, someone reportedly noted that they were impressed with the quality of competition Mayweather has and will face. 50 Cent’s reply: “You must be down with the ducking and dodging then.” (Opposing Views)