With the news of rapper 50 Cent stepping into the world of boxing promoting (per Sports Illustrated), it was a matter of time before one of the more established promoters took at shot at the new kid on the block and Golden Boy Promotions own, Oscar De La Hoya, took to Twitter to bad-mouth 50.
The beef started when De La Hoya tweeted:
Everyone wanting to be a boxing promoter? Good luck. Easier said then done.— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) July 24, 2012
Although the tweet wasn't directed at 50 Cent, the rapper obviously took it as a jab at him joining the promoting ranks with The Money Team Promotions (TMT Promotions).
After a brief Twitter war (most of the Tweets have since been deleted) a surprising tweet that has to have De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions nervous, as it seems that their biggest draw, Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr., may no longer work with their promotion team.
50 Cent tweeted:
@oscardelahoya I don't gamble floyd do,but I bet you you won't be promoting Floyd mayweather no more. TMT PROMOTIONS— 50cent (@50cent) July 26, 2012
If Mayweather does indeed end Golden Boy's and his six-fight relationship, that would be a huge loss for Golden Boy—as no one can draw an audience in person and on pay-per-view like Mayweather.
TMT Promotions is expected to sign featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa and up-and-coming super middleweight Andre Dirrell as the company's first fighters.
Adding Mayweather would seem like the natural next step for TMT Promotions, as 50 Cent mentioned that it's his and Mayweather's company in one of his tweets, and the company bears Mayweather's nickname, "Money" in its name.
The emergence of TMT Productions could have a big effect on boxing, as some fighters who are with Golden Boy or their rival Top Rank could end up with TMT Promotions, opening up fights that may not been possible before due to the feud between Golden Boy and Top Rank.
The one fight the world has been waiting to see would also have one less hurdle to clear with Golden Boy out of the way, as Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could workout a deal more easily, although Mayweather has his own distaste (via nowboxing.com) for Top Rank's Bob Arum.