In a series of recent events—including an exchange between Mayweather’s friend 50 Cent and Mayweather’s part-time promoter, Oscar De La Hoya—has led to speculation that Mayweather will join 50 Cent’s newly formed boxing promotion company.
According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Mayweather only worked with De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions company on a fight-by-fight basis last year. That lack of a long-term agreement could lead to 50 Cent and Mayweather making their The Money Team( TMT) partnership official.
“[50 Cent] has been at Mayweather’s side during episodes of HBO’s “24/7” and is a regular at Mayweather’s fights and news conferences,” Rafael wrote. “But now, it seems, he is also poised to become Mayweather’s promoter when Mayweather is released from jail following a domestic abuse conviction.”
According to Forbes, Mayweather was 2012’s highest paid athlete in the world, after bringing in over $85 million. Armed with 50’s business savy, hopefully 50 can make the highly anticipated fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao a reality under TMT Promotions.
Watch ESPN analyst Steven A Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the possible merger below: