Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are going to box like its their birthday...once 50 Cent gets in his two cents.
The rapper-turned-boxing promoter has the business acumen to pull this off, but more importantly, he has the necessary standing with the ever-stubborn Floyd Mayweather.
Now, if you've been paying attention to Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson or Mayweather, you would have noticed that the two had a bit of a falling out (via espn.com)
The feud has left the once inseparable duo not talking, and as it is now, it leaves Jackson's ability to bring these two men into the ring as a long shot.
However, their current standing should be viewed as a fluid situation.
Jackson has been giving extensive interviews (like this one with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports) as he fires up his new SMS Promotions company, and he hasn't shied away from the topic of Mayweather. He's made it clear that he is still open to having a relationship with Mayweather. Floyd is just going to have to get over his ego and let bygones be bygones. And that will happen.
Sooner or later, Mayweather is going to be faced with dwindling purses from his fights, and with his extravagant lifestyle, he will need all the revenue he can get.
In this interview with the Boxing Channel's Marcos Villegas, Jackson proves he knows this as well as anyone:
He's kind of trapped in a regimen of, fight, get the money, spend the money, fight. Fight, get the money, spend the money, fight. There's no investments, no income from anywhere outside of him fighting. I look forward to having him be involved in situations where he can continuously have income so he doesn't run into what fighters so often run into at the end of their career, not having any financial support or money around.
Mayweather is not going to be able to escape this fact forever, and when he realizes it, there will be his ol' buddy 50 Cent ready to help the two make money.
That will start with Floyd getting in the ring with Pacquiao.
That is also going to take Mayweather swallowing a bit of pride. Mayweather feels Pacquiao should take this fight with a flat fee of $40 million. A nice payday, but that would undoubtedly be a much smaller take than the 45 percent split Pacquiao says he would agree to in this interview with Rick Reeno of Boxing Scene.
Well, Jackson also knows the score on that end. Here is a quote from him in the article from Iole:
Having to pay that kind of money really irritates Floyd. He feels that when someone is making more money than they ever made, they shouldn't be asking for more. He feels like he's the star and he should be making the money and they should be thanking him for what he's willing to pay them.
If there is a man who could talk Mayweather into offering up more money, it is Jackson. Floyd is surrounded by yes men. That is the way entourage's work. Jackson has never had a need to be in that position.
He has been free to dish out reality to Mayweather, and sooner or later Mayweather will see that Jackson is right. And will be at that point that 50 Cent will be in a position to get this fight to actually happen.