Pacquiao 1 Mayweather 0: Rapper 50 Cent switches sides between rival fighters
12:05 GMT, 18 September 2012
Partners 50 Cent posted this picture with Manny Pacquiao on Twitter
American rapper 50 Cent has posted a picture of himself with boxer Manny Pacquiao along with the words 'Big business moves' which could impact on his relationship with the Filipino's rival Floyd Mayweather.
Rumours about a rift between Mayweather and 50 Cent have been rife ever since Mayweather was released from prison.
Pacquiao's adivsor, Michael Konz told Boxing Scene: '50 Cent and I have been talking now for maybe the last two months. They approached us with the idea to form a promotional company.
'Initially it was going to be 50 Cent, Manny and Floyd. But right now I don't think Floyd is going to be a part of it. I explained the idea to Manny.
'We already have a promotional company, MP Promotions, and we have already done three separate promotions from Top Rank…on a small scale. I have to take the blame for that.
'I'm in charge of it. There is an element missing there, but I have so much to do with Manny – that I haven't got that company to where I want it.
'I think with 50 Cent, with his entertainment connections and his popularity there, combining that with Manny's popularity and expertise in boxing – we can bring a new flavor to boxing – we can excite some young boxers and I think we can sign some top quality boxers.
'I spoke to 50 Cent tonight and confirmed that we're going to go forward.
'Manny is coming here this weekend for other business, but we're all excited about it. With 50's influence in the music industry – we want to put a different flavor on the shows.'
50 Cent told Power 105.1 there is no problem between himself and Mayweather and does not think working with Pacquiao will cause trouble.
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'I think he'll (Mayweather) go “I wish him luck”… It's not like I'm not in communication with him. I texted him and told him everything.'
Mayweather had set up a promotional company with 50 Cent, known as TMT (The Money Team).
The company was said in some quarters to have the possibility to change the boxing scene but it's website has now been taken down and the venture looks finished.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, is set to face Juan Marquez in December and wants to put an end to any doubts regarding his superiority over his opponent.
Three bouts in eight years have not resolved the rivalry so they meet again on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Big plans: Pacquiao wants to KO Juan Marquez (right)
'I want to erase the doubt of the last
three fights,' Pacquiao said. 'There's so many people still asking if I
won the fights. I think to myself, “Something is wrong. I have to do it
'This time, I will train hard to put this fight up in the history of boxing. I want to make this fight short. I want to knock him out.'
Although they are extending a rivalry to rare lengths in modern boxing, the fighters and promoters believe fans will warm to the matchup when they remember just how good the first three fights were.
Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in 2004, while Pacquiao won by split decision in 2008 and again by majority decision last year. The bouts featured knockdowns, wild momentum swings and fascinating contrasts in technique – but Marquez and many fans still believe he won all three fights, while Pacquiao says he clearly won the last two.
'It's been an incredible ride,' Top Rank promoter Todd duBoef said. 'People ask me whether it's going to be hard to sell a fourth fight. Did you see the first 36 rounds There wasn't a dull moment.'
Laughing mattter: Pacquiao with his trainer Freddie Roach
With a combination of unfinished business and unmatched financial reward, Pacquiao and Marquez both had plenty of incentive to get together again. They have fought at 125, 130 and 144 pounds, and their fourth fight will be a straight welterweight contest at 147.
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) is coming off his first loss since 2005, a wildly disputed decision to Timothy Bradley. Still stinging from that embarrassment, he says he is going back to the ferocious, relentless style of fighting that made him an eight-division champion. Pacquiao hasn't stopped an opponent in more than three years, a once-unthinkable drought for a relentless puncher.
'I want to be the other Manny Pacquiao, like when I was 24, 25 years old,' Pacquiao said. 'I want people who watch this fight to be satisfied. I don't care about a belt. I don't care about the money. I want the win.'
Arguments: Debate still rages over who won certain fights
Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) has tested Pacquiao more than any opponent, with counterpunching skills and comprehensive boxing knowledge that can negate many of Pacquiao's strengths. But Pacquiao also is a nightmare matchup for Marquez, whose relentlessness hasn't been enough to overcome Pacquiao's once-in-a-generation combination of speed and strength.
While Pacquiao has a plan to recapture his best form, Marquez believes the only way to be sure he'll finally get his hand raised is to stop the Filipino congressman. Marquez swore off the rivalry and nearly retired in frustration immediately after Pacquiao's victory last fall, but agreed to return after a few months to cool down.
'I won all of the last three fights,' Marquez said. 'I would like the referee to raise my hand. Everybody knows I won the fights, and I don't know what happened with the judges. I have to take it out of the judges' hands this time.'
Settle the debate: In December we may get a resolution at last
Pacquiao will not train in Baguio, the high-altitude northern Philippines city where he has traditionally started training camp before heading to trainer Freddie Roach's gym for the final few weeks.
Instead, Pacquiao and Roach will be in Hollywood for their entire training camp, dramatically reducing the number of distractions for the Philippines' most famous person.
Pacquiao and Marquez will join the short list of rivalries that couldn't be contained by a mere trilogy, including Sugar Ray Robinson's six fights with Jake LaMotta and Robinson's four bouts with Gene Fullmer. More recently, Israel Vazquez's sensational rivalry with Rafael Marquez, Juan Manuel's brother, extended to four fights, concluding with Marquez's third-round stoppage of Vazquez in May 2010.
'I never thought it would go to four fights,' Pacquiao said. 'It's a first for me.'