Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) haven’t been getting along lately, and their beef intensified over the weekend.
The drama between the two started when Mayweather declined the opportunity to partner up with 50, sticking with long time advisors Al Haymon and Leonard Ellerbe instead.
After initially refraining from throwing insults at one another, a Twitter war recently broke out between the former friends, just two days after Jackson made it clear the two are no longer buddies.
“TMT is over, the money team is no longer a team, So it SMS promotions that’s it that’s all,” 50 Cent tweeted. “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.”
50 Cent then went a bit further on Friday night (Nov.2), challenging Floyd Mayweather to fight one of his remaining fighters, Yuriorkis Gamboa.
“Gamboa wants to fight Floyd,” 50 Cent wrote. “I will put up a extra 20 million for the winner. He don’t like it that Floyd pulled out. Gamboa moving up in weight Floyd. You should have know not to go against me Punk. … I can’t hang out with Floyd no more, I’m tired of running from manny pacquiao”
50 even took shots at WBC super-middleweight champion, Andre Ward, for no apparent reason.
“Andre ward [expletive] you boy,” Jackson fired. “@ANDREDIRRELL looking for you to fight boy.”
Obviously, 50 Cent is trolling, but Mayweather couldn’t resist the urge to fire back at his former BFF.
“A male boxing groupie.. hold my belts because your album sales have declined,” Mayweather responded. … I respect the shooter not the one who got shot.”
For those who don’t know, Mayweather’s last jab was referring to a failed assassination attempt in 2000, during which Jackson was shot nine times.
Given how close both men were only a few months ago, it’s hard to buy the show they’re trying to put on. 50 Cent is clearly trying to get some publicity for his shrinking stable of fighters, and Floyd Mayweather seemed a bit too eager to oblige.
If anything, their recent verbal war makes the beef between the two seem like a publicity stunt, but if it isn’t, Mayweather and Jackson should be ashamed of themselves for acting like a bunch of teenagers.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.