Floyd Mayweather: 50 Cent Is Driving Manny Pacquiao and Money Further Apart

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS - MAY 05:  (L-R) Rapper 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. embrace during the post-fight news conference after Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya by split decision after their WBC super welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 5, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Boxing fans have been waiting for a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather for years. Unfortunately, a new person is standing in the way of this marquee event: 50 Cent.

The rapper formed TMT Promotions in July in an effort to expand his influence into the boxing world. He was supposed to have the support of Mayweather, but those plans are starting to go out the window.

On the Rickey Smiley Show, 50 Cent discussed his current relationship with Mayweather following his release from prison, saying:

Me and Floyd is always gonna be cool. He is different. [There's been] a different side of Floyd coming out of the pen. That’s all... [The issues between us] really [come] from…everybody around [Mayweather] is waiting on the next time he feels generous. And I have a lot [of money], so I don’t wait for nobody 

This divide between the two celebrities is only hurt by 50 Cent's latest actions. It turns out he is now teaming up with Manny Pacquiao to form another promotional venture.

Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, told BoxingScene.com how the new relationship formed:

50 Cent and I have been talking now for maybe the last two months. They approached us with the idea to form a promotional company. Initially it was going to be 50 Cent, Manny and Floyd. But right now I don't think Floyd is going to be a part of it.

If the three had gotten together to form a new company, that could have helped fix any animosities the two fighters still have for each other. The Pac-Man already wanted to visit his rival in prison (via ABS-CBN News). 

At that point, the group would have focused on the best way to make money. What better way to do that then to set up a fight between the two that could generate the most revenue in boxing history?

According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo, the potential fight could net close to $200 million from pay-per-view sales.

However, Mayweather will not be part of the newest business, and watching 50 Cent team up with his biggest professional rival could only cause him to feel betrayed. This is not the best way to get the boxers in a room together to work out a fight contract.

After all of this, fans are no closer to a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight than they were three years ago. In fact, we could be further than ever. 

50 Cent claims to be close with both of the men. If this was true, he would simply get out of the way and leave boxing to those who know it best.