Published on November 14, 2012 | by Nathan Evans2
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather go to blows over Twitter
I, as do most, remember a time when the most exciting weight division in boxing was the Heavyweight division, with the likes of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Muhammed Ali captivating sport fans around the world. These names are some of the greatest to ever fight in the sport but in today’s day and age we are left with only two heavyweights who could possibly last a few rounds with the aforementioned calibre of the division, the Klitschko Brothers. The rest of the division is made up of fighters like Derek Chisoara, David Haye and Nikolai Valuev, who I personally believe to be way out of their depth when you think of the past greats; it just goes to show how few and far between it is to find world class heavyweight boxers.
But enough with that rant, onwards and upwards I say and when I say onwards I mean on to this day and age and the technological era we are currently in with so many sporting stars voicing their opinions over social media site twitter. Yes, I do myself have a twitter account and have at points agreed with some of the rants that the worlds sporting stars choose to air but one argument of “Twitter-Beef” which caught my eye for all the wrong reasons was that of Floyd “Money” Mayweather and 50 “Fiddy” Cent. To those that do not know these two are not just best friends but also business partners, which is why it caught many by surprise when they all of a sudden erupted on each other of the social networking site.
50 Cent was the man to throw the first punch in this particular fight, tweeting: “GAMBOA WANTS TO FIGHT FLOYD. I will put up a extra 20 million for the winner. He don’t like it that Floyd pulled out.” Now I know many people may not know who this “Gamboa” is so just to fill you in it is Yuriorkis Gamboa, 50 Cent’s own fighter.
“I respect the shooter not the one who got shot” – Floyd “Money” Mayweather
But “Fiddy” was far from done, oh no, he then tweeted: “I can’t hang out with Floyd no more,I’m tired of running from manny pacquiao #smsAudio” which has so much sting in that tail that it bound to leave Mayweather sore. As a boxing fan, I would consider it an honour to watch to of the all-time greats fight it out for the title of best pound for pound fighter in the world but I believe we have all resigned to the fact this may never happen.
The last tweet definitely got Mayweather’s blood pumping as he soon retaliated, posting a picture of 50 holding his belts at one of his recent fights (left) with the caption; “A male boxing groupie.. hold my belts because your album sales have declined.” It is safe to say although 50 Cent did throw the first punch, that was definitely below the belt from “Money”.
Now I enjoyed this battle as much as the next spectator maybe even more so but the next twist in the tail really took the biscuit. This was when 50 Cent announced this whole saga was merely a publicity stunt, stating “I’m sick of all this nonsense Floyd asked me to act like were fighting cause no one was paying any attention after his 60 days”. I personally don’t agree that things have got so bad in the world of boxing that they must resort to twitter feuds to get publicity.
Gone are the days that a player gained respect and publicity building up to fight due to his ability to draw in a crowd and the performances inside the ring, maybe Mr Mayweather wouldn’t have had to resort to this if he had continued with the fight with Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquaio rather than complain about drug-testing.