On Thursday, rapper, 50 Cent fired the first shot via his official Twitter account, confirming the rumor that he and Floyd Mayweather were no longer friends and were not, in any way, partners in his upstart boxing promotion venture.
“TMT IS OVER. The Money team is no longer a team,” 50 Cent wrote. “I’m no longer a part or down with TMT Promotions. If anyone wants a Money Team jacket I’m selling mine for a dollar.
Recently, 50 also used the Twitterverse to indicate that his fighter, Yuriorkis Gamboa, wants to move up in weight to take Mayweather out.
“GAMBOA MOVING UP IN WEIGHT FLOYD. You should have know [sic] not to go against me PUNK.”
Less than an hour later, the five-division world titlist and reigning champ of boxing controversy, Mayweather, fired back with a picture-perfect counter:
“A male boxing groupie,” Mayweather wrote on an instagram photo of 50 Cent holding Mayweather’s belts. “Hold my belts because your album sales have declined”
On another instagram photo, this one of the rapper wearing a “Money Team” leather jacket, Mayweather wrote:
“F**k Boy you look cute in that jacket.”
Pretty Boy went on and on…
Mayweather also ran through a plethora of insulting digs at 50 Cent’s company, SMS, indicating that the initials stand for “Snakes Maneuver Slick,” “Sisters Managing Sports,” and “Similar Mayweather Show.”
There are a few rumors about why this nastiness began in the first place, the biggest being a story that 50 Cent and a member of Mayweather’s inner team made an attempt to create a wedge between the fighter and adviser, Al Haymon as well as informal associates, Golden Boy Promotions. The story, involved a letter sent to Mayweather while he was serving his jail sentence for domestic battery.
In the letter, it was implied that Haymon and Golden Boy were not getting the full money due to him and that if he ditched their services, he could possibly generate anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion in additional revenue before he retired. The strong implication was that Mayweather should work with 50 Cent’s company, alone.
Mayweather, of course, was not big on severing ties with the people who have made him the highest-paid athlete in sports today. Thus, the beef started to brew and it eventually turned into this nasty divorce of the rapper and the boxer.
Whatever the case, there seems to be legitimate bad blood between the two and it has already caused them to pursue a working relationship with the other’s professional rival– Mayweather with 50 Cent’s rap rival, Rick Ross and 50 Cent with Mayweather’s promotional rival, Bob Arum.
But don’t expect 50 to go down without taking some real solid swings. Seeing his most recent tweets, this war has just begun:
“I can’t hang out with Floyd no more,I’m tired of running from manny pacquiao”
“MONEY Floyd you know I have more MONEY then you. Al Haymen [sic] got you on a Allowance, you go broke every fight stupid.”
Eeeeeeeek! It’s about to go down!