Music and boxing fans alike were shocked when news broke that 50 Cent had apparently teamed up with Manny Pacquiao – rival of Fif’s close friend Floyd Mayweather – to start a boxing promoting company. Now, in a recent interview with MTV, Pacquiao speaks on his relationship with the Queens emcee.
Pacquiao said that while the details on his and Fiddy’s business deal aren’t finalized, they are definitely looking to collaborate given their mutual interest in each others’ respective careers. Pacquiao added that this deal may also help bring Mayweather and himself one step closer to their long-touted bout.
“I love music, and he likes boxing also,” he said. “We’re talking about that and we’re discussing. We didn’t finalize yet because I’m so busy right now and he’s busy right now…there’s a possibility to make that fight [between Pacquiao and Mayweather] happen. Maybe not this time, but some other time. Right now I’m focused on December 8.”
Pacquiao’s business advisor Michael Concz confirmed that the two had been working closely together on a possible marquee boxing match/mini-concert crossover. He also dispelled rumors that their deal had soured 50 and Mayweather’s relationship, revealing that Mayweather was initially a part of the company.
“We’ve very close to it, I’ve been talking to 50 Cent now for over a month and a half, close to two months. It’s becoming a reality, more than a possibility,” he said. “I think we’re going to end up doing something together before the year is out…I believe [50 and Mayweather] have a true friendship and all true friends have arguments periodically, but that’s not my business. Floyd is always welcome, if we put this together…[50 and Floyd] approached us, they came to us and initially it was 50 Cent, Floyd and Manny. We don’t have a problem with Floyd. Manny doesn’t have any anger or resentment.”
Pacquiao will enter the ring with another rival Juan Manuel Márquez this December 8. Check out the full interview below.