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Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says his fighter WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) can’t possibly make 147 lbs. even if he wanted to for a big money fight against boxing’s biggest star Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) on September 14th.
50 Cent joins the First Take debate desk to discuss his relationship with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his thoughts on why Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao haven’t fought.
Mike Tyson recently born rapper 50 Cent about the pitfalls of the boxing industry, in an interview with Entertainment Sports Radio.
“I wish 50 Cent the best of luck in the world with the endeavor that he’s doing, but this is something that 50 Cent has to know when you’re dealing with something like boxing and you’re dealing with human beings,” Mike Tyson said. “We calling it peddling the flesh. Even though you’re paying them, you’re still dealing and flesh.” According to Mike Tyson, the sport of gambling is so corrupt, that he believes it should be taken over by the government. Mike Tyson warned 50 Cent that his new company with Floyd Mayweather could also cost him his career as an entertainer. “50 is a rap star, 50 is an entertainer, 50 is an entrepreneur,” Mike Tyson said. “He doesn’t really know the ins and outs of boxing. He probably knows what Floyd tells him, but once he gets in this arena, everyone that was ever his friend on the other side is now his enemy.”
50 Cent is on to the next business venture, as he enters the world of boxing promotion. 50 Cent’s friendship with championship boxer Floyd Mayweather is no secret. 50 Cent has regularly attended Mayweather’s fights, and has participated in the fighter’s entrance to the ring several times. Now, 50 looks to begin his own boxing promoting business, founding TMT Promotion, with the TMT standing for The Money Team. The Vitamin Water mogul and purveyor of video games, energy drinks, and various books has TMT licensed in New York, and is in the process of applying for a license in Nevada. Sports Illustrated reports that 50 will be working with Mayweather, and that he is expected to sign former featherweight title holder Yuri Gamboa and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell.
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather and rapper 50 Cent brought Indianapolis to a standstill with an extraordinary Super Bowl stunt. Mayweather, who announced this week that he will take on Miguel Cotto in his next fight on May 5, created further congestion in the already jammed downtown streets in the early hours of Saturday morning. The WBC welterweight champion was repeatedly driven on a loop through the heart of the city, along with 50 Cent and members of his entourage, in a large bus decked out with Mayweather body paint and depicting his image and Twitter handle. It was when the bus stopped for Mayweather to lean through an open window and interact with fans that things began to get chaotic, with the oversize vehicle blocking traffic and generating extra headaches for the police.
By the time ThePostGame.com arrived on the scene, the bus was at the corner of Main and Meridian, right in the center of the city. 50 Cent also engaged with fans and signed a handful of autographs. “Every time it stopped, the traffic would immediately begin to back up because cars couldn’t get around,” said onlooker Gregg Kiesler, 23, from Indianapolis. “For the most part Mayweather stayed well inside, but a couple of times he leaned out and spoke with the fans. “It didn’t take long for the cars to be backed up in every direction and there were times when the roads were packed in every direction and no one could move.” At one point Mayweather, decked out in a bright red jacket bearing the slogan “Money Team,” moved to the front of the bus, clutching a huge wad of paper, leading some fans to hope he would repeat his stunt from 2010 in New York when he flung cash into a waiting crowd. “If he goes and does that (throws the money) then we would have to do something about it,” said a police officer, who declined to be named. “It could create a riot.
“Already we asked them to move over to the side or to move on at a sensible pace and they pretty much told us to (expletive).” It appears Mayweather’s slow drive through town was an attempt to capitalize on the increased exposure surrounding the Super Bowl to enhance interest in the Cotto fight. Although Cotto is a tough character and Mayweather will have to step up to 154 lbs, there remains a serious tinge of disappointment among boxing supporters that a superfight between Pretty Boy and Manny Pacquiao has still not been made. Mayweather has been outspoken in his criticism of Pacquiao, and the way in which the Filipino star allows promoter Bob Arum to have a heavy say in his selection of future opponents and the way Pacquiao avoids fighting Floyd.
LAS VEGAS — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in a Las Vegas jail after pleading guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. The 34-year-old Mayweather also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine. The plea deal avoids trial on felony allegations that the undefeated prizefighter hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home in September 2010.
Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich told Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa that Mayweather has been in trouble before and hasn’t been punished. “He just continually gets himself into trouble and he is able to get himself out of it as well,” she said. “Essentially it is because he is who he is and is able to get away with everything.” “The only thing that’s going to get this man’s attention is incarceration,” the prosecutor said. Mayweather stood still in a striped olive vest and showed no reaction when the judge imposed the sentence and told him he must report to the Clark County jail on Jan. 6.
Mayweather’s lawyer, Karen Winckler, said she may appeal what she called an unusual sentence. Mayweather would likely serve most of the 90-day sentence, but could serve several weeks less if he gets credit for good behavior, said Officer Bill Cassell, a Las Vegas police spokesman. Mayweather and his manager, Leonard Ellerbe, declined comment outside the courtroom. Winckler had argued that the public would benefit more if Mayweather performs 100 hours of community service with children.
The judge said she was swayed by Mayweather’s admission that he hit Josie Harris and twisted her arm, and that two of their children, ages 9 and 10, witnessed the attack. Saragosa noted that police reported Mayweather threatened to kill or make Harris “disappear,” and that their 10-year-old son ran from the house and jumped a back gate to fetch security. Mayweather had taken cellphones belonging to Harris and the two boys, she said. “Punishment is appropriate,” Saragosa said. “No matter who you are, you have consequences to your actions when they escalate to this level of violence.” Mayweather also has agreed to plead no contest next week to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an incident involving a security guard in November 2010, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday.