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Aroldis Chapman almost partnered with 50 Cent to promote boxers

Aroldis Chapman50 Cent recently started a boxing promotion company, and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman nearly partnered with him on the venture, a profile on the closer revealed.

Chapman was profiled by ESPN The Magazine as part of their Feb. 17 Cuba Issue. Chapman is portrayed in the profile as someone who had a difficult life in Cuba, but defected to the US where he is now a millionaire and seemingly has everything. But despite having enough money for all the material possessions, Chapman misses a lot about the drama and chaos of his past life. One way he is able to connect to his old life is by supporting struggling Cuban boxers who are in the US.

Chapman’s father was a boxing trainer and Aroldis boxed when he was younger. Though he gave up the sport at age 11 because his mother thought his temperament was better suited for baseball, Chapman still relates well with boxers and has an affinity toward the sport. He and fellow Cuban pitcher Livan Hernandez even began sponsoring boxers who escaped Cuba.

According to writer Eli Saslow, Chapman was so serious about boxing he almost went into business with 50 Cent.

For a while, Chapman says, he considered partnering with the rapper 50 Cent and starting a formal boxing promotion company, but those plans dissolved within a few months. “I don’t want it to be so complicated — promoters, a business plan, none of that,” Chapman says. So instead, he offers informal help to half a dozen Cuban boxers who are now training in New York and Miami. He helps cover their travel costs, rent and training supplies. “An investor” is how the boxers describe Chapman’s role, but Chapman doesn’t care whether they pay him back, and no one does. “This is as much for me as it is for them,” he says. “They get some money. I get some of the old excitement.”

That is a pretty cool arrangement, and certainly a generous move by Chapman to help them out since he has already made it in terms of athletic and financial success.

That was one of the many good details revealed about Chapman in the profile. It’s actually somewhat sad to read it. You learn about a guy who seems to have lost some motivation and is lacking satisfaction in life, mostly because he is in a different country that really does not feel like home for him. Another funny detail is that the Reds pitcher smokes Reds — Marlboro Reds. In fact, when Chapman left his baseball team in the Netherlands to escape, he left with just a passport and pack of cigarettes. Priorities people, priorities.

Floyd Mayweather side girlfriend Queen Princess Love also hooking up with Ray J?

Floyd Mayweather Queen Princess Love

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s girlfriend on the side may have been cheating on him with music maven and former Kim Kardashian sex tape partner Ray J, of all people, and the affair was exposed by ex-Mayweather pal 50 Cent. Can you believe that?

Mayweatheer and fiancee Shantel Jackson have experienced trouble in their relationship over the past several months, though Floyd told Howard Stern they are still engaged. While they were experiencing problems, Floyd began heavily promoting one of the female members of “The Money Team.” That girl, who goes by “Queen Princess Love” on Instagram (she’s pictured at the top), started posting pictures of all the gifts she was receiving from Floyd. It was clear that Queen Princess Love, who reportedly is a former stripper Floyd met at Spearmint Rhino, had become number one in Floyd’s sidepiece rotation.

But does being a sidepiece mean Queen Princess Love has to be exclusive to Floyd? Yes if you ask him, no if you ask her.

Rapper 50 Cent, who is Floyd’s former best friend, spilled the beans over the past week on Ray J’s relationship with Queen Princess Love.

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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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50 Cent goes in to kiss Erin Andrews, gets denied (Video)

50 Cent is no Squints Palledorous. The rapper got pulled in for an impromptu interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews before the Daytona 500 Sunday, and he got hilariously rejected on a kiss attempt after going with the “get a kiss or die trying” strategy.

Andrews was looking to interview Danica Patrick when she spotted 50 and extended her arm to bring him in for the interview. The rapper found the open arm as a welcome invitation to go in for a monster kiss. He came in all puckered up and ready for a big smooch on the lips, but Andrews turned her cheek, leaving 50 hilariously empty-handed. He ended up planting one on Andrews’ cheek after getting “friends-zoned” as BuzzFeed so aptly called it.

Andrews clearly was uncomfortable after being caught off guard. She wasn’t sure which way to go, but she knew a lips kiss wasn’t in the cards. That didn’t seem to bother 50, who continued to follow Andrews even after the kiss rejection. He tried to put his hands on her waist, and then he was caught scoping her backside as she walked in front of him:

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50 Cent on Twitter: I ‘don’t see no black people’ at Daytona 500

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50 Cent was among the celebrities on hand for the Daytona 500 Sunday, and he may have felt somewhat out of place. The rapper observed that there were very few black people at the track and tweeted about it:

50 appears to have deleted the tweet, but several people retweeted it, and Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel wrote about it.

NASCAR appears to be trying to invite diversity to the track by inviting 50, rapper T.I., and retired linebacker Ray Lewis to participate in race festivities. African-American athletes like Randy Moss and Michael Jordan have had racing teams (though Jordan’s was motorcycles), so it’s not as if racing is just a (southern) white thing. But it looks like the core of NASCAR fans remains Caucasian, as 50 noted.

50 still seemed to have a great time regardless. He mixed it up with plenty of drivers:

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Floyd Mayweather on 50 Cent: I wish him nothing but the best

Floyd Mayweather visited with a radio station in Atlanta this week to promote the music album for one of his artists, and during the interview he briefly addressed his beef with 50 Cent.

Mayweather was expressing disappointment over the way the media covers the times he goes clubbing and partying. He complained that outlets are selective about what images they choose to use in stories (like this for instance). He brought up his issues with 50 Cent in the same context, as if he was blaming the media for it.

“Even the thing with me and 50 Cent. A mother and father may not always see eye-to-eye. A sister and brother may not always see eye-to-eye. If I call someone my real friend, I can’t sit back and bad-mouth him. I wish him nothing but the best,” Mayweather said on V-103 in Atlanta.

“He’s a hell of an artist and we move on and we do us.”

Mayweather was very composed when he was talking about 50 Cent and didn’t seem to be bothered. I don’t know that this answer from Floyd was enough for me to believe that the Twitter beef between the men was staged, but it’s enough for me to recognize that Floyd is not taking everything public. This stance actually fits into the way he’s behaved throughout the beef; it’s been mostly 50 Cent initiating the trash talk, with very little response coming from Floyd.

Here is a video of Mayweather’s interview with V-103 in Atlanta (the 50 Cent part comes around 3:30):

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50 Cent: Beef with Floyd Mayweather was staged

Rapper and wannabe boxing promoter 50 Cent went on Twitter very early Monday morning to say that his highly-publicized beef with Floyd Mayweather Jr. over the weekend was staged.

The Twitter beef between them went mostly one way with 50 Cent tweeting at Mayweather. Floyd finally got in on the act by calling 50 a “groupie” in response to the rapper chiding him on Friday night. Now 50 Cent appears to be backtracking (or revealing the truth, depending on how you view things).

He sent the following tweets early Monday:

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