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Manny Pacquiao, 50 Cent forming promotional company?

As the relationship between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent sours, the rapper has turned to his ex-best friend’s biggest rival for a business venture.

According to Boxing Scene, 50 Cent and Manny Pacquiao are planning to form a promotional company.

Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, spoke with Boxing Scene about the development of the idea.

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50 Cent confirms friction with Floyd Mayweather

They say prison can change a man, and it sounds like a stint behind bars changed Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Even though 50 Cent was there when his pal was released from prison last month, he confirmed that not everything is great between them.

“[The issues between us] really comes from … everybody around him is waiting on the next time he feels generous. And I have a lot [of money], so I don’t wait for nobody,” 50 told the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show.” “I’ll go do what I gotta do. I don’t have to sit around and wait for the next time he feels like giving somebody something.”

50 squashed the rumor that they had beef over girls. But he does believe Mayweather changed during his time in prison.

“Me and Floyd is always gonna be cool. He is different. [There's been] a different side of Floyd coming out of the pen. That’s all.”

We already knew that Mayweather was moody compared to the more easy-going 50 Cent, so it seems like that is why there is some distance between them. And when 50 referred to waiting for Floyd to give somebody something, I’m guessing he’s referring to their business ventures.

50 Cent started a boxing promotional company in July and implied that Mayweather would be fighting for his company, not Golden Boy Promotions. Maybe Mayweather didn’t like 50 saying that, so he’s holding out on his buddy and delaying their plans. That’s just a guess about what’s happening between them, because we know something is going on.

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Floyd Mayweather left jail and 50 Cent was there to pick him up (Video)

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. received an early release from prison on Friday, and his good pal 50 Cent was part of the entourage there to greet the free man.

Mayweather was released after 63 days — 24 days earlier than his 87-day sentence dictated — because of good behavior. The top-earning boxer’s lawyer complained 12 days into his jail sentence that the conditions in prison were “inhumane.”

Floyd’s doctor “expressed deep concern for [Floyd's] health and explained that any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather’s physique.”

So much for those claims. Floyd looked pretty ripped when he shared a picture on Twitter/Instagram on Friday shortly after his release:

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50 Cent implies he will promote Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights, not Golden Boy

Word emerged in April that rapper 50 Cent was starting a boxing promotion company, and we recently learned that “TMT Promotions” was likely to sign a few top fighters. What was left out is that 50 Cent is likely to begin promoting fights for pal Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is currently in jail.

50 Cent got into a Twitter argument with Oscar De La Hoya, whose Golden Boy Promotions promote Mayweather’s fights, when he tipped his hand.

It all started with what seemed to be a shot at 50 Cent fired by De La Hoya over Twitter on Wednesday:

50 Cent responded a day later and began calling De La Hoya “girl” (probably because of these pictures):

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50 Cent starts boxing promotion company

50 Cent has now joined the likes of Don King, Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya by founding his own promotional company for boxing.

The rapper, who’s been involved in a variety of business dealings outside of music, is calling his company TMT Promotions. (TMT so humbly stands for “The Money Team.”) It’s already acquired a license in New York and is working on doing the same in Nevada. More from SI:

In addition to working with longtime friend and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, industry sources say TMT Promotions is expected to sign former featherweight title holder Yuri Gamboa and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell.

This is a venture Mayweather, an entourage member of Mr. Cent’s (and vice versa), foreshadowed back in April. Only then, he mentioned 50 could also be getting into the ring. It remains to be seen if that will actually happen or if it was something that got missed during one of their stack-of-money business calls.

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Floyd Mayweather: 50 Cent is becoming a boxing promoter and may even fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. said on his media conference call Wednesday that his close friend, rapper 50 Cent, is getting involved in the boxing promotion business, and that he may even fight on a pay-per-view card in the future.

Mayweather was speaking with the media to promote his fight with Miguel Cotto on May 5 and said 50 Cent will escort him into the ring for the bout. That’s when he explained that 50 will be getting more involved in boxing.

“Well 50 is getting involved with boxing far as getting involved with fighters, because he boxed at one particular time in South Side Jamaica Queens and I had a chance of actually going to his neighborhood and he was a rough, rough kid, tough. But we don’t just have a friendship, we have a tremendous bond, we have a tremendous bond. But to answer your question far as with boxing, I think he’s going to be involved on the promotion side, we may even put him there let him fight on pay-per-view one time. So we don’t really know what the future holds, but he is getting involved with boxing,” Mayweather said.

50 began boxing around the age of 11. The rapper even competed in the Junior Olympics as an amateur fighter.

Though he hasn’t fought professionally, 50 Cent has many interests beyond the music industry. He is an actor, he has a clothing line, and he’s involved in several other ventures. Given his business acumen, and relationship with Floyd Mayweather, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him have plenty of success in the fight game. Hopefully, his debut will go a lot better than this meathead’s did.

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