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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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Floyd Mayweather, 50 Cent in major Twitter beef

The beef between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent is at full force.

The boxer and rapper were once best friends, but their relationship deteriorated after a failed business partnership. Mayweather said in April that 50 was getting into the boxing promotional game. 50 took that a step further, implying in July that he was going to start promoting Mayweather and other fighters.

When Mayweather got out of jail, he had other ideas, and by September we learned that their venture had fallen apart (some alleged leaked jailhouse letters from 50 to Mayweather supposedly played a part in this). 50 Cent confirmed that was the case when he went off on Mayweather over Twitter Wednesday.

TMT IS OVER the money team is no longer a team. So it SMS promotions that’s it thats all.SMSaudio … I’m no longer apart or down with TMT promotions. SMSaudio … If anyone wants a money team jacket I’m selling mine for a dollar. The nap back hat comes with it. That’s a fare price. SMSaudio … I move the fighters to SMSpromotion cause the other half of the money team .Didnt put up there $MONEY$.SMSaudio,” 50 Cent wrote on Twitter.

He continued his assault on Mayweather on Friday:

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50 Cent showing off his relationship with Manny Pacquiao (Picture)

50 Cent is just rubbing things in at this point. The rapper/businessman shared the above picture of him with his arm around the shoulder of boxer Manny Pacquiao on Monday, along with the caption “Big business moves.”

It was reported last week that 50 and Pac-Man were planning to team up to form a promotional company. The original plan was for Floyd Mayweather to be a part of the team, but 50 said his boxing buddy has been acting differently since getting out of prison. Rather than wait for Mayweather to get with the program, 50 proceeded and is forming a company just with Pacquiao instead.

Not only will it be interesting to see what happens with Floyd and 50′s relationship going forward, but it will also be interesting to see how the new promotional company affects the boxing game.

H/T Black Sports Online