Welterweight and Junior Middleweight boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather is making headlines in his sport even while serving the rest of an 87-day sentence in Nevada’s Clark County Detention Center. A series of recent events—including an exchange between Mayweather’s friend 50 Cent and Mayweather’s part-time promoter, Oscar De La Hoya—has led to speculation that Mayweather will join 50 Cent’s newly formed boxing promotion company.
According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Mayweather only worked with De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions company on a fight-by-fight basis last year. That lack of a long-term agreement could lead to 50 Cent and Mayweather making their The Money Team partnership official.
“[50 Cent] has been at Mayweather's side during episodes of HBO’s “24/7” and is a regular at Mayweather's fights and news conferences,” Rafael wrote. “But now, it seems, he is also poised to become Mayweather’s promoter when Mayweather is released from jail following a domestic abuse conviction.”
The rapper and entrepreneur insinuated as much via Twitter, when he taunted De La Hoya in a series of public exchanges that have since been deleted by both parties.
De La Hoya set off the exchange by writing, “Everyone wanting to be a boxing promoter? Good luck. Easier said than done.” The statement was presumably in reference to news of 50 Cent forming TMT promotions.
Everyone wanting to be a boxing promoter? Good luck. Easier said then done.
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) July 24, 2012
In turn, 50 called De La Hoya “girl” and wrote, “I don’t gamble floyd [sic] do, but I bet you you won’t be promoting Floyd mayweather no more. TMT Promotions.”
— 50cent (@50cent) July 26, 2012
Both parties backed off of their initial exchange with congratulatory messages, although 50 Cent continued with the “girl” taunts. According to Forbes, Mayweather was 2012’s highest paid athlete in the world, after bringing in over $85 million. He’s expected to be released on August 3, 2011 if he meets the criteria for good behavior.