Hustle Gang leader T.I. has stepped up to speak out on the controversy he sparked last month after a publicized confrontation with undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in Las Vegas. #BoxedOut
While he did not get into details, Tip did admit his problems with Floyd date back past May.
“There was history. There was definitely history,” Tip said in an interview. “I don’t care what you do to whoever else. I don’t care who you speak to, how you speak to them. You dealing with me you gonna deal with me like a man. I feel like my steps are guided, man. I’m a man of God. When I step I ain’t got nobody to fear, but God himself. I don’t got no fire I can’t walk through. I done been through it all.” (Hot 97)
When approached by paparazzi about Mayweather, Tip explained his reason for no longer discussing the incident earlier this month.
T.I. says the beef between him and Floyd Mayweather is over — and if you think he’s going to spill any details about what went down between them … think again. The rapper was out in NYC on Monday with a few friends when our photog hit him with a barrage of questions about his recent fight with Floyd … but T.I. insisted things were all good now. As for why he wouldn’t spill any details about the actual fight, T.I. explained, “He may be used to talking after his fights … where I’m from, we don’t talk after ours.” (TMZ)
Tip initially relied on his Instagram page to dismiss reports of enduring physical harm to his face when the story first broke out.
“They said I’ve got two black eyes. Where they at, though? These ones I’m looking at? Is they black for real? D*mn, been like that all my life. F*cked my hand up. That’s about it. [laughs],” Tip said in a video followed by the caption “Two black what?????? C’mon now. Never in da history of Nigga-dom. But nice try tho. Lol” (T.I.’s Instagram)
Following the controversy, Mayweather admitted a recent photo of himself alongside T.I.’s wife Tiny most likely sparked the early May 25 confrontation.
“I’m eating at Fatburger and next thing you know, he walk in talking about we need to talk again. And then I told him, “You need to get the f-ck outta my face. That’s what you better do.” And then he said, “I ain’t talking to all these people so you ain’t gotta talk loud.” I said, “Listen, don’t come to my face with no disrespectful sh-t. Like I told you before, you must’ve forgot what I did for a living.” He said, “You do in the ring, I do it in the streets.” I said, “My man, I do it everywhere. You can find out if you want to.” Just like that. … Then a couple of words exchange and people got to pushing and a riot kinda broke out. And then a bunch of chaos and that was basically it. Because, like I said before, he probably does some foolish things, but he ain’t no damn fool to swing on me.” (Necole Bitchie)
Check out T.I.’s interview: