Famed boxer Manny Pacquiao is giving longtime rival Floyd Mayweather, Jr. something to worry about after confirming he has been in talks with the undefeated champion’s estranged friend 50 Cent as of late.
Although Pac-Man confirmed they have spoken, he did admit nothing has been made official as of yet.
“We’re talking to each other,” Pacquiao said. “But right now, I’m kind of busy and we (haven’t) finalized anything. We can do good business together.” Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz confirmed an internet report that for the past month he’s been in discussions with 50 Cent about doing a “couple” of co-promotions together, perhaps even one before the end of the year between Pacquiao’s MP Promotions and the rapper’s, The Money Team, outfit. With Pacquiao winning a court order on Monday as part of his defamation suit against Mayweather to pay his attorney and court fees – the possibility of the Filipino boxer and rapper working together now seems more likely than Mayweather and Pacquiao ever meeting in the ring. (New York Daily News)
Last week, Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz broke the unexpected news of their potential partnership.
“50 Cent and I have been talking now for maybe the last two months. They approached us with the idea to form a promotional company,” Koncz told Boxing Scene. “Initially it was going to be 50 Cent, Manny and Floyd. But right now I don’t think Floyd is going to be a part of it.” This business venture comes on the heels of 50 Cent closing TMT Promotions, which he had launched in July with the intent of promoting Mayweather fights. Since Mayweather’s return from prison, 50 Cent acknowledge the relationship has been strained. (USA Today)
Coincidentally, this came days after Fif revealed his distanced relationship from Mayweather.
“[The problem] really comes from everybody around him is waiting on the next time he feels generous. And I have a lot [of money], so I don’t wait for nobody,” Fif said in an interview. “I’ll go do what I’ve got to do. I don’t have to sit around and wait for the next time he feels like giving somebody something.” (“The Rickey Smiley Show”)
While the exact date is unknown, the G-Unit leader officially became a licensed boxing promoter a few months ago.
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)
Check out a recent 50 Cent interview below: