Rapper 50 Cent has long been the hard-working businessman, whether potentially illegally shilling penny stocks on Twitter to make him millions or standing around gyms and sneakily giving Joan Rivers energy shots, and every once in a while he even manages to, you know, rap. Apparently he also wanted to add boxing manager to his portfolio, as Fight Hype has reported that Mr. Cent and a man known as Tommy Smalls used a partnership formed in July and the Floyd Mayweather prison experience as the foundation for a coup to pry Mayweather from his friend and advisor, Al Haymon.
Initially, 50 Cent created The Money Team promotions several months ago and began signing boxers, and it culminated in a Twitter fight with Oscar de la Hoya over the future of Mayweather’s business and financial allegiance. Ultimately, 50 Cent said that he would pry Mayweather away and, according to Fight Hype, his plan was to lure Mayweather with promises of $1 billion in earnings by the time he retires.
And then a funny thing happened – 50 Cent formed a partnership with Manny Pacquiao. Awkward!
The hip-hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, reveals he had initially envisioned all three of them working together on TMT Promotions, but the idea didn’t work out and it was Mayweather, Jr.’s lack of motivation to move ahead with the business which caused 50 to embark on a new partnership.
During an interview with New York’s Power 105.1FM, he says, “I look at Floyd like he’s my younger brother… He earns so much that he just spends it, he just run (sic) around spend it doing what he want (sic), so there’s no urgency to anything”. (Via Female First, where I get all of my boxing news)
Fight Hype also has a series of letters that Tommy Smalls allegedly sent to Mayweather while he was in prison, and let me just tell you, they are the height of professional. You’d think that for as much as 50 Cent boasts about being a gazillionaire, he could buy his friend a freaking laptop. Seriously, I’ve written cleaner, more organized letters to ex-girlfriends while wasted.
Mayweather recently responded to this whole mess by reinforcing his allegiance to Haymon:
“It speaks for itself. I love Al Haymon. Of course, any friends are going to bump heads, but at the end of the day, I’m loyal to who I’m with.”
Perhaps the most interesting part of this whole meaningless, childish debacle is that 50 Cent, of all people, thought that not only could he finally get Pacquiao and Mayweather into the ring together, but he also thought he could make them business partners. Gee, and all this while he’s getting ready to release his latest album in three weeks. What a busy guy!
In conclusion, I need to admit that this was all just an excuse to post these great pictures of 50 Cent acting like a moron with big piles of money.
And I will include this clip from Aziz Ansari’s “Dangerously Delicious” any time that I write about 50 Cent.