Floyd Mayweather with Shane Mosley
Without any provocation from Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, rapper 50 Cent, a friend and business partner of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. attacked Pacquiao on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.
Mayweather and 50 Cent were at a night club in Florida on Saturday and 50 fired the following messages to his more than four million followers on Twitter.
Here are the unedited messages by 50 Cent for his more than four million followers.
"Floyd Mayweather beat fighters 1st then Pacquiao gets his leftovers Delahoya Hatton now he's fighting Shane"
"Pacquiao makes money in the US an take it to his country and feed his people. Floyd Mayweather makes money in the US and feed the homeless"
"There is 3 ways to beat Steroid Pacquiao he has been knocked out twice and lost a decision I stand behind my country USA all day"
"If anybody that's following me think that Steroid Pacquiao with 3 losses can beat are 41-0 American champ @FloydMayweather stop following me"
"If Charlie Scheen can take a test I know Manny Pacquiao punk ass could take a blood test"
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, is a popular rapper, film producer, actor and entrepreneur and is a friend and business partner of Mayweather.
50 Cent's tweets have been picked up by millions of boxing fans who have Twitter accounts including his over four million followers. The tweets have spread to other social networking sites and the Internet in less than 24 hours.
The messages are open to different interpretations and viewers are free to make comments on any one of the messages.
No reactions to the statements so far have been issued by Pacquiao.
Mayweather's team, led by his uncles Roger and Jeff Mayweather, have been issuing statements on Mayweather's next possible fight, with Roger Mayweather talking about Pacquiao's steroids and PED issues while Jeff talked about a possible fight for his nephew in South Africa.
Mayweather is No. 2 in The Ring's pound-for-pound list and he may be dropped from the prestigious Ring rankings if he does not fight on or before May this year.
50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), who was born in Queens, N.Y. in 1975, began drug dealing at the age of 12 during the crack epidemic. After leaving drug dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during an incident in 2000.
Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem who acted as his producer. With Eminem's and Dr. Dre's help, Jackson became one of the highest-selling rappers.
Jackson, who competed in the junior Olympics during high school as an amateur boxer, has recently partnered with Mayweather in a movie production business.
Negotiations to make a mega-fight between Mayweather (41-0, 25 knockouts) and Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) have twice failed over the issue of drug testing and purse splits.
A third attempt to make what appears to be the richest boxing fight in history is currently being put together by the boxers' promoters.