Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Could 50 Cent Get the Fight Signed?
Floyd and 50 Cent have been very close friends for a number of years now, and now it appears that he'll be in charge of landing him fights over the next few years of his career.
50's starting a company called TMT promotions, short for "The Money Team," and he's on the verge of signing Cuban whirlwind Yuriorkis Gamboa, and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell, both excellent fighters.
It's an interesting business venture to say the least, but how will it impact the rest of Mayweather's career in the sport?
It's unclear at the moment if he would still have an unofficial partnership with Golden Boy, or if 50 would do all the work solely with his own company.
I think if Floyd's smart, he'll keep Golden Boy on his team at the very least in an advisement type of role, as their experience with putting on big events, which can be a challenge for a new promoter, even one with the deep pockets of 50 Cent.
This could be both a positive and a negative for Floyd's career. Mayweather has been working closely with Golden Boy Promotions for the last few years, on a fight-by-fight basis. But overall they have been his de facto promoters, as he seems to have a very good and strong relationship with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.
The negative could be that 50 doesn't know what he's doing and ends up messing up Floyd's career not getting the right fights, but that's unlikely. Floyd's manager is the all-powerful Al Haymon, and I doubt he would let 50 destroy Floyd's career.
How does 50 Cent promoting Floyd impact the Pacquiao Fight?
So, how will these recent events affect the Pacquiao fight? I think that it makes it much more likely. Floyd is going to listen to 50, who's a pretty astute business man.
I think if anyone can convince him to take the fight, 50's the guy to do it. And since he'll be getting a cut of Floyd's earnings, it's in his best interest as well to make the fight happen.
For those hoping for a Mayweather—Pacquiao fight, this is definitely a good thing. Hopefully, 50 can talk some sense into Floyd and get him to accept the fight that the entire world wants to see.
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