- 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Over the last week, tensions between former best buds 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather have been at an all-time high. It all started when 50 Cent took to Instagram last Thursday (Aug. 21) and made a video calling out Floyd for what 50 took as the champion boxer talking negatively about him during a recent interview with M Live. That same day, a couple of hours later, 50 returned again to Instagram, making a second video in which he challenged Floyd to read one page of a Harry Potter book.
The Queens rapper then made a third Instagram video joking that Harry Potter was too hard for Floyd to read and changed the challenge to instead have Floyd read Cat In The Hat.
There was no response from Floyd. However, the next day NY radio station Power 105′s The Breakfast Club fanned the flames after they posted unreleased audio of Mayweather struggling to read a drop for the radio station.
With 50 continuing to take jabs at Floyd, the five-division world champion boxer finally responded by posting an Instagram of two checks worth over $70 million.
On the day of the first three Instagram videos posted, XXL caught up exclusively with 50 Cent who had this to say about Floyd:
50 Cent: “I’ll do things that will be really random and it’ll be the biggest thing at the moment ’cause nothing else is going on at that point. It happens over and over. Like just stopping by a game to throw a pitch turns into [me] on CNN and [I] can’t get away from it. When you have an aggressive aura around you, then I believe people don’t want to miss the opportunity to laugh at you. Floyd is one-dimensional. The Money Team concept is one-dimensional. We actually started pushing it during the recession. It was cool ’cause his viewership was going up but it’s not actually the right message for me and who I am. So I started working with The United Nations and The World Food Program, and feeding America. Providing meals through the SK Energy Shots and that was at the same time because I started realizing that this is not the right concept of what you should present to the public.”
“People think I get angry with Floyd, that’s like my younger brother. So he’ll do things and I won’t necessarily understand why he does it but it’ll agitate me and I’ll do things in response. Other times I’ll just watch him do something that I think is completely crazy. It’s just who he is. He doesn’t have to make adjustments for me and I don’t have to make adjustments for him. I stopped making adjustments for him. We have one of those love/hate relationships.”
“I don’t hate him, I love him, actually. Entering the sport of boxing is a reflection of that relationship. He doesn’t make any money away from the sport of boxing. That tells you when he’s done fighting, he’s done period. I just try to encourage him to do things away from the sport… ”
“It’s pretty tough to digest the concept that we don’t spend money the same. He spends all of his money. He lives a richer lifestyle than we actually live day to day. In the end, it’s not a sustainable lifestyle. I’ll have to help him when it gets too tough. We’ve had conversations about this.”—Miranda Johnson