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50 Cent: Floyd Mayweather is not afraid of Manny Pacquiao

Even though 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are no longer as close as they used to be, 50 still has his former best friend’s back when it comes to boxing debates.

The rapper joined ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday and was asked about the elusive Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao dream fight that never happened. Though host Skip Bayless tried to put words in 50′s mouth by asking a loaded question, the rapper said Mayweather is not scared of Pacquiao.

“He’s not afraid of Pacquiao or any fighter,” 50 answered in response to a question about how afraid Mayweather was of losing to Pac-Man.

50 explained that Mayweather looks at his fights as a businessman and takes a measured approach when selecting opponents.

“It’s more of him saying who I have to fight. At this point, it’s more him sorting out who’s the perfect opponent than him fighting the toughest fighter to fight.”

50 Cent confirmed what most boxing fans already knew — Mayweather doesn’t pick what will be the most thrilling fight, but the one where he can maximize revenue while minimizing his risks.

He further elaborated on Mayweather’s mentality, explaining that the biggest impediment to the superfight was Mayweather’s stubbornness.

“He concentrates on how much someone else is getting paid opposed to how much he is actually getting paid,” said 50. “He sees himself in a space that nobody else sees himself in, and that he’s so high on top of it that he shouldn’t actually give some of the other great fighters at this point.

“That’s $100 million and he just left it.”

50 also said he would have picked Mayweather to win had the two fought.

Most people have picked up on ESPN’s promotional tag line and spun this interview as 50 saying Mayweather “ducked” Pacquiao, but that’s not exactly how I see it. 50 is saying that Mayweather is not scared of Pacquiao or any fighter. The term “ducked” only was brought up because of Bayless. According to 50, the biggest reason the fight didn’t happen is because Mayweather didn’t want Pacquiao to get filthy rich off of it, which was evident based on Floyd refusing to give Manny a cut of the pay-per-view or split the purse 50-50. To use a cliche, Floyd cut off his nose to spite his face, which is why fans have been so frustrated with him.

You can watch the interview below:


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  • Mexoplex

    on one hand you have to admire the businessman side of Mayweather. But damn, that greed is @#$%^&*( up a great fight. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/faithfirst1st Faith First

    50 CENT IS LIKE A GIRLFREIND WHO GOT DUMPED, SO NOW HE’S GOING TO RUN ALL FLOYDS BUSINESS ON THE STREETS.  I CANT STAND FAKE FRIENDS LIKE 50.  tHE ONLY REASON 50 KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT BOXING IS BECAUSE OF FLOYD AND THE MONEY TEAM.  IF FLOYD DONT LIKE OTHER PEOPLE GETTING RICH OFF OF FLOYD,THEN HE MISSED 50 CENT RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS FACE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raja-Kumar/100000874597400 Raja Kumar

    Mexoplex thats Pacquaios fault a lot of people want to put the blame solely on Floyd’s door EVERY boxer wants to make sure he is paid relevant to his drawing power which is why Oscar De La Hoya took the lions share of his fights with Floyd so did all the other boxers before him.
     Pacquaio Does not make the kind of money has has been pretending to get hence no official PPV results only a random number bob Arum might give out to a random reporter and no other mention of the PPV results are given.
    Floyd caught them on he even challenged them to show how much they were really worth anyway Manny never wanted to fight Floyd which is why they danced around the drug test and money split 

  • greeneyedbandit

    50 will sh*t on you without a conscience….that’s just how he gets down. SNAKE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6S4VPJJFET75V6HBMS35AZGQEA frank

    First of all, Skip bayless is an A hole. He doesn’t know much about boxing. Second, Floyd is a great businessman but he is also a great boxer. Pacman ,even in his prime couldn’t beat Mayweather. Not because he isn’t a great fighter but he is only offensive and he would just get picked apart. I give Pacman his props for what he has done done his career. I don’t pay much attention to what 50 cent or Skip Bayless says. I agree with you Raja. I don’t think the blame goes solely on Floyd. There were alot of concessions that both sides did not agree on.

  • wmacleod

    What a pile of crap!  Maywhatever did not think he could win or at best he may have pulled off a decision by running most of the fight. But he still would have had his pretty face busted up and have to shut his mouth, so he passed.  His choice, but trying to say anything other then he was afraid is bull.

  • christiansociety

    This fight not being fought is a crime. So many of us want to see it happen. Since there is no way of making it happen all of your that like to pick up a book from what may be the number underground writer of the decade. Dr. Mark L Huddleston PsyD, DCC, CFP. You are promised a lot more excitement than this super fight that will never take palce

  • sugashon

    Wow I cant believe how everyone feels that it is their responsibility to make all of Floyd Mayweathers decisions for him..Everything is Floyd’s fault! Is it a crime that he had his reasons for not fighting Manny Pacquio???? Wow! He must be a powerful God because people act as though he is the Wizard Of Oz pushing all of the buttons behind the scene! There are a lot of behind the scene people who would be affected either way if this fight did or didnt happen. And believe me it is not just Floyd Mayweather all by himself! Boxing is a dirty nasty business and Floyd decided a long time ago that HIM and only HIM would decide his bouts. Not the promoters…not the fans….not the media…and surely not other fighters!!! You gotta respect him for that!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/22Q6DFVXDQGM26GB3EZLC6M73Q sonny

    Mayweather has full of excuses like yours Raja.  Bottom line is he’s  being challenged to a fight and everybody is expecting his positive response but he turned us all down by saying “do a drug test according to my rule” and “I want more money on this fight”.  Dude, just get on with it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VRYR5JD5UTUZC5S3TZIQBEJ7OY Christopher

    HHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! HEY MONEY! better fight someone worth fighting and not these busters, u are what u fight…..and ur gettin old son so hurry up, lax ur manny problem and just fight him

  • BALLCITY

    PAC MAN  COULD NEVER BEAT MONEY  LOOK AT THE BUMS HE FOUGHT  THEY ALL GAVE HIM A BEAT DOWN   HIS WHOLE  GAME PLAN IS TO THROW MORE PUNCHES  NOT LAND  JUST THROW PUNCHES   THATS NOT BOXING   HIT WITH OUT GETTING HIT   WE SEE WHAT HAPPENSWHEN U TAKE PUNCHES .   SO FLOYD  KEEP GETTING  YOUR MONEY   NO BOXER IS AFRAID  ONLY  REAL G’S
    STEP IN THAT RING  FIGHT MANNY ONLY  IF HE ACCEPTS  20%  THATS ALL HES  WORTH   .   IF FLOYD    WAS ANY OTHER RACE   WE WOULDN’T BE HAVING THIS
    CONVERSATION   YOU  GUYS  STILL  LOOKING FOR  ROCKY  GRACIANO  WHO FOUGHT  SOME OF THE SAME BUMS 5 -8 TIMES WITH DIFFERENT  NAMES .
    I APPLAUD  MONEY   FOR  TAKING  WHAT HE  WANTS  AND NOT SETTLING FOR WHAT THE JEW PROMOTERS  LIKE   ARUM  TELL U TOO .  EVERY BODY  HATES AN UPPITY  N#$%^R.