By Nick Tylwalk
There was a time not too long ago that Floyd Mayweather and rapper turned businessman 50 Cent looked like they were attached at the hip. They hung out together, they appeared on HBO’s 24/7 together, and through TMT Promotions, the company they formed this past July, they made plans to take over the boxing game together.
Now it appears their partnership, and perhaps their friendship, has fallen by the wayside. In a series of recent posts to Twitter, 50 Cent made it pretty clear he was going it alone.
“TMT IS OVER,” he tweeted. “The Money team is no longer a team. So it’s SMS Promotions. That’s it. That’s all.”
In a twist that can only be seen as ironic, the split may have been caused by financial disagreements.
“I move the fighters to SMSpromotion cause the other half of the money team didn’t put up there $MONEY$,” 50 Cent tweeted.
What this means for the fighters previously signed to TMT Promotions isn’t entirely clear, but it appears they will follow 50 Cent to his new venture. ESPN’s Dan Rafael has reported that the Nevada Athletic Commission could approve his license to be a promoter as soon as this month.
The first boxer in the rapper’s stable to see action should be Billy Dib. The Australian featherweight is slated to defend his IBF featherweight title against undefeated Jayson Velez on the Austin Trout-Miguel Cotto undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 1.
Two other fighters who haven’t seen much recent ring time could also fight under the SMS banner in the coming months. One is Yuriorkis Gamboa, the undefeated Cuban whose last bout was an easy victory over Daniel Ponce De Leon in September 2011. Though not officially announced yet, 50 Cent tweeted that Gamboa would take on Miguel Beltran Jr. on December 8 on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV pay-per-view.
Andre Dirrell could also return soon. The American super middleweight has fought just two rounds since being hit while on the mat by Arthur Abraham in March of 2010, forcing him out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. According to Rafael, “The Matrix” could get a spot on the proposed Nonito Donaire-Jorge Arce card on December 15.
Former welterweight and junior welterweight titleholder Zab Judah also spoke with 50 Cent about a possible alliance during the summer. He’s rumored to be in line for a fight against rising star Danny Garcia in January after deciding not to be the mandatory challenger for Lamont Peterson’s 140-pound IBF belt.
While it remains to be seen if Judah or any other fighters will join up with SMS, the breakup with Mayweather seems to be a done deal. Fans know never to say never in boxing, but for the time being, 50 Cent seems pretty clear that he’s looking to put the short-lived TMT Promotions era behind him.
“I’m no longer a part or down with TMT Promotions,” he tweeted. “If anyone wants a Money Team jacket I’m selling mine for a dollar.”