Uh oh. Aspiring Boxing promoter 50 Cent is in talks with HBO…
According to Page Six reports The rapper/actor/entrepreneur was spotted dining at STK Midtown earlier this week with executive Kery Davis, Senior VP of Sports Programming. He’s also met with welterweight Zab Judah who, coincidentally enough, did not renew his contract with promoter Main Events. Curtis just recently got his new venture, TMT Promotions, off the ground and is a legitimately licensed boxing promoter. TMT is already up and running in New York and will soon be licensed in Nevada.
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50 Cent is expected to sign two legitimate, notable, high-end fighters in Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell. Both fighters have had recent connections to the Mayweather camp, and have trained in Mayweather’s Vegas gym.
Earlier this year, Gamboa, considered the world’s top featherweight, bailed on a fight against Brandon Rios, which many sources said was due to influence from the Mayweather team, though this was never “confirmed,” really. He was part of Floyd’s entourage for the Miguel Cotto fight in May.
Fitty, who attended the premiere of “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth”, was kickin’ it backstage alongside Bryant Gumbel, Spike Lee, David Maisel, and other celebs who were there to lend their support to the former undisputed heavyweight champ of the world.
Some critics have called 50 Cent a Mayweather flunky but he’s let it be known that getting involved in the boxing world has always been a dream of his, even before the two met. And while Oscar De La Hoya has made it known he’s not excited about the idea of 50′s TMT Promotions getting involved in the arena, other pros like Bob Arum, think it is a positive move for all:
“I would think that if [50 Cent] promoted Floyd, then it would make a matchup between Pacquiao and Mayweather that much easier,” Arum said during a recent interview. “You would have somebody that is a friend and a mentor that he can rely on and they would protect his interests in any kind of promotion, and I would be on the side of Pacquiao. … I think that it would work wonderfully. In other words, I’m not looking to be the only promoter here because that might be very awkward. But certainly in a deal where Mayweather had his own promotional company and Pacquiao his own, being us, I think that it would work splendidly.”
Regardless of the outcome, we’ve got to give credit to Fitty. The man knows how to keep makin’ that money and reinventing himself.