A History of 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Love/Hate Relationship
Hip-hop has seen few love/hate relationships like that of 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The two polarizing giants of the sports and entertainment worlds have come to epitomize the term "frenemies." After first seemingly becoming BFFs (The Money Team!) over their brash bravado, antagonistic natures and ridiculous net worths, the two had a major falling out. And in the wake of the dissolved friendship, Fif and Floyd have been trolling each other on and off for the past few years.
When Fif and Money Mayweather were on good terms, their bromance was one of hip-hop's tightest. They even cemented their friendship by appearing on the cover of XXL together back in 2011. But their beef has played out publicly and pettily, with the two figures throwing bitter shots at each other. They made peace with each other a few years ago and put their differences aside, yet Fif and Money Mayweather have since resumed their feud, which has become the talk of the rap and sports world once again.
Despite the recent uptick in friction, this weekend 50 Cent insisted that Floyd is still his "little brother" and that he wouldn't disparage him while in front of the TMZ cameras, before adding in a zinger: "Don’t tell him I said this, I know he can’t read this shit." The saga continues.
With the recent turmoil and bad blood between the two, XXL compiles a timeline of 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s friendship, from the good to the bad to the ugly.
50 Cent was present when Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007, a victory that catapulted Mayweather into elite territory. Walking his Money Team brethren to the ring, Fif performed his single "Straight To The Bank," a fitting choice being that Floyd cashed in heavily with this bout.
In 2008, 50 Cent accompanied Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ring once again, this time for his wrestling match against Big Show at Wrestlemania XXIV.
During his beef with Rick Ross, 50 Cent invited Ross' baby mother, Tia, and their son on a trip to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s house, a move made with the intent to embarrass and disrespect the MMG boss.
In 2011, 50 Cent announced that he and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were teaming up to start a film production company called Mayweather Productions. The news, which broke at that year's Sundance Film Festival, was also confirmed by Mayweather himself, stating, “We don’t know what the future holds but we keep our fingers crossed and only hope for the best.”
In fall 2011, Floyd Mayweather Jr. appeared alongside 50 Cent and Mike Tyson in a commercial for Street King, Fif's new energy drink, in the latest public show of the pair's support of one another.
In 2011, XXL ended the year with five different covers featuring 50 Cent in celebration of his fifth major label album. One of the five covers featured Fif alongside Floyd Mayweather Jr., the first and only instance in which the two would headline a magazine issue together.
“As far as boxing I think he is going to be involved with the promotion side, we might even have him fight on pay per view one time,” Mayweather told XXL. “We don’t know what the future holds, but he is getting involved with boxing.”
On the night of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s mega bout against Miguel Cotto, he was accompanied by some of the biggest names in music, one of them being his good friend 50 Cent. Joining the likes of Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne, 50 Cent made his presence known, as The Money Team took over Las Vegas.
On June 1, 2012, 50 Cent showed up to support his friend Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he turned himself in at Las Vegas' Clark County Detention Center to begin serving his 90-day sentence on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence involving the mother of his children.
After serving roughly two months of his three-month sentence for domestic violence, Mayweather was released from prison and greeted by a small group of family and friends, which included 50 Cent. Fif announced Floyd's impending releasing the day prior via Twitter. He and his partner-in-crime were officially back in business and ready to get TMT, their boxing promotion company, off the ground.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. attended the Freelance Screening Movie Premier in support of 50 Cent and showered praise on his close friend during an interview on the red carpet.
"I'm always gonna support my friend 50 Cent," Floyd said. "He's a great guy and in the music industry he's done some record-breaking things and I think that he can also do it in the movie industry."
In September 2012, the first signs of a rift between 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. became apparent during Fif's appearance on The Rickey Smiley Morning Show. Despite insisting that he and Floyd are "always gonna be cool," the G-Unit general revealed that the two hadn't hung out lately and that he was not content with waiting around on Floyd to come around.
"Everybody around him is waiting on the next time he feels generous," the G-Unit general said of his friend and business partner. "And I have a lot, so I don't wait for nobody. It's just a space and time. I'll go and do what I have to do. I don't gotta sit around and wait for the next time he feels like giving somebody something."
Further evidence that 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s friendship was on the fritz came in September 2012, when Fif announced that he had teamed up with Floyd's rival, Manny Pacquiao, to start a boxing promotion company. Pointing to Floyd's lack of "urgency" as one of the reasons behind his decision, Fif also noted that he and Mayweather had already discussed the matter and that he felt the boxer would "wish him luck" on his new endeavor.
After months of speculation that he and 50 Cent were on bad terms, Floyd Mayweather Jr. hopped on Twitter and spewed some unsavory thoughts about his friend-turned-foe.
"A male boxing groupie.. hold my belts because your album sales have declined," Floyd tweeted, subliminally referencing Fif.
Not one to let a beef become one-sided, 50 Cent quickly responded, referencing Floyd's history of domestic violence and poking fun at his alleged rap aspirations, officially putting the beef between the two on front street.
A day after engaging in social media beef with Floyd Mayweather Jr., 50 Cent revealed that the exchange was all a publicity stunt, albeit with a bit of sarcasm injected into his apology.
"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.#SMSaudio," the Jamaica, Queens native tweeted. "Domestic violence is very serious my apologies,my grand mother said we need to stop playing I'm done sorry#SK"
In November 2012, Alki David—the same guy who offered Drake and Chris Brown $5 million each to fight a few months prior—tried to take advantage of 50 and Floyd's suspected bad blood by offering a big bounty of $5 million for the two superstars to step into the ring.
“50 has been boxing for years and has a sizeable difference over Floyd, but it equals out with Floyd’s experience,” David said at the time. 50 and Floyd passed up on the offer.
During a February 2013 visit to ESPN's morning debate show First Take, 50 Cent accused Floyd Mayweather Jr. of ducking Manny Pacquiao and avoiding a title bout with the No. 1 contender. When asked about how prison had affected Mayweather, 50 referred to Floyd's incarceration as a "traumatic experience" and expressed his curiosity of how it would affect him in the ring moving forward.
After previously hosting Rick Ross' baby mother and son at his home to assist 50 Cent in his beef with The Bawse, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was accompanied by Rick Ross to the weigh-in for his bout with Marcos Maidana the following night. Given Floyd's strained relationship with Fif, the decision to have Ross in tow was likely a calculated on on the champ's part and another sign of their beef.
Becoming embroiled in a beef with T.I. over his relationship with Tip's wife, Tiny, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was making headlines for all the wrong reasons, particularly for his interaction with Tiny on the BET Awards red carpet. A magnet for controversy, 50 Cent poked fun at the awkward moment, warning Mayweather to stay away from Tiny in Instagram posts that have since been deleted.
After finding himself in a string of beefs with rappers, Floyd Mayweather Jr. decided to send shots at artists like Nelly, T.I. and 50 Cent, all of whom were at odds with the champ. "You've got to realize, I've been relevant for 18 years," Mayweather said. "God has blessed me with an unbelievable talent, with fast feet, fast hands, unbelievable defense and a very, very sharp mind. So I'm thankful for that. Of course, hip-hop artists, they come and go. They come and go. But I'm still here."
Much has been made about Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s lack of a formal education, and 50 Cent used that tidbit as ammunition in response to Mayweather calling 50 "irrelevant." First alleging that Nelly slept with the mother of Floyd's child and clowning him for allowing Nelly to take his girl, Fif' issued a challenge to Floyd to prove that he can read.
"I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, If you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or fucking up," Fif asked via social media, with Jimmy Kimmel also jumping in the fray to offer to set up the bet during Mayweather's appearance on his show.
After being challenged by 50 Cent to read a page of a Harry Potter book, Floyd Mayweather Jr. clapped back with a brief Instagram post. Uploading a picture of two checks totaling over $72 million, Floyd captioned the pic, "Read this $72,276,000.00. God bless," a blatant reference to his immense wealth and a witty decline to 50's challenge.
In response to Floyd Mayweather Jr. posting two sizable checks, 50 Cent continued his assault on his former friend, using Instagram to wage war. Posting Photoshopped photos poking fun at Floyd's reading skills and pointing out the fact that the checks Floyd posted were from Oscar De La Hoya's company, Golden Boy Promotions, Fif showed that Money Mayweather's flex-worthy post did not phase him at all and only put more fuel on the fire.
In the midst of 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s war of words, XXL caught up with Fif, who provided context to his relationship with Floyd.
"People think I get angry with Floyd, that's like my younger brother," 50 said. "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."
Continuing his smear campaign of Floyd Mayweather Jr. with memes and posts on Instagram, 50 Cent professed his love for his one-time comrade, but also offered to shoot the fair one if he felt so inclined.
"If you want to fight I'll be in Vegas next week.#SMSaudio" 50 wrote in a post, which also included 50's urging Floyd to get in touch with his family members.
Beefing with a boxing champ could leave you at risk of catching a serious beat-down, but according to 50 Cent, he has no such concerns in regards to his rift with Floyd Mayweather Jr.. During a visit to the LA Leakers radio show in 2014, Fif said as such, giving Mayweather his props, but insisting that he was no slouch himself. "Don't get it twisted at all, he's still the best fighter," 50 said. "He won't kick my ass. I'm 220, b. I'm 220 right now."
In September 2014, when asked during a Q&A session on the "Hang With" app about what the outcome would be if he were to ever fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., 50 seemed rather confident.
“He wanna fight, we can fight," Fif said. "You don’t gotta organize the shit for a boxing match. Two swings, he’ll see a white light.”
50 Cent's relationship with his son Marquise Jackson hasn't been the most positive, as the two have been estranged for the better part of a decade. The younger Jackson used his father's beef with Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a way to throw shade, uploading a picture of himself posing with the champ and uploading it to Facebook, with the caption, "With Tank and Floyd #TMT."
During a visit to the Sports Illustrated office, 50 Cent ran into writer Chris Mannix, who inquired about whether 50 felt a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao would ever happen. According to Mannix, Fif voiced his doubts about the bout ever going down, stating that Mayweather is "scared to death" of stepping in the ring with Pacquiao.
After months of bickering back and forth, 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. appeared to have patched things up when the two were spotted walking into Floyd's Las Vegas gym prior to his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Fif even posted a pic of the two on Instagram, with the caption "THE original MONEY TEAM, you gotta love it. My brother ready, May 2 don’t get scared now. #FRIGO #EFFENVODKA #SMSAUDIO.”
Prior to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight with Manny Pacquiao, 50 Cent revealed that in spite of their differences, he was betting with his erstwhile friend. Putting up a reported $1.6 million wager on Mayweather defeating his Pacquiao, 50 Cent showed that he can put his personal feelings aside when it comes to financial matters.
While promoting his hit TV show Power, 50 Cent stopped by MTV and was asked his thoughts on a possible rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Despite cashing out on his reported $1.6 million bet, 50 was less than excited about Money Mayweather and Pacquiao putting up the gloves again.
"It's obvious it's huge business. [They made] $200 million in 36 minutes" 50 said. "I wouldn't. I don't think the response he got from the fight was positive. I don't think people were jumping up and down demanding a rematch."
When Floyd Mayweather Jr. rival Ronda Rousey suffered a vicious loss after boasting about being able to get the best of the boxing champ, social media was ruthless with commentary—50 Cent being among them.
Posting a meme with the caption "LMAO Floyd told me to post this, he want me to do the dirty work," Fif put Mayweather in the position to have to address the post given their relationship, which he did shortly after the fight.
"That's not true at all," Mayweather responded when asked about 50 Cent's claim. "I haven't really spoke to anyone about the Ronda Rousey situation, just to set the record straight."
On the contrary, Mayweather offered words of encouragement to Rousey, adding, "I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don't let this discourage you. If you need help as far as with boxing, I'm here to help you. It's all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She'll be okay."
On July 23, 2016, 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were seen partying alongside Fif's longtime enemy Fat Joe in Las Vegas, another indication that the two's on-and-off again beef was on pause for the moment.
On Dec. 6, 2016, UFC President Dana White appeared on Fox Sports Live and revealed that 50 Cent played a big part in sparking negotiations between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor for a potential boxing match.
"I was at dinner in New York for [UFC] 205, and we bumped into each other at dinner," White said. "So we were hanging out, we were talking for awhile, and then I went over and sat back at my table and I ate. And then when we were leaving, he said to me, 'When’s your boy gonna fight Floyd?' And I said, 'My boy? Who are you talking about, Conor?' And he said, 'Yeah.' I said, 'Floyd don’t want to fight Conor.' And he goes, 'He does, Dana. He’s dead serious about it.' And I said, 'I don’t know, man. Call Floyd and see what’s going on.'"
Although it wasn't a guarantee that the fight would take place, 50 Cent's words set the stage for one of the biggest sports spectacles of the decade, for which he would later take credit during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
50 Cent has a history of engaging in beef with people who align themselves with his enemies. Floyd Mayweather Jr. got caught in the web in May, when Fif took umbrage with Floyd booking Teairra Mari to appear at his strip club, Girl Collection. Mari had recently sued 50 for alleged revenge porn after the G-Unit boss posted an explicit image of the singer on his Instagram page.
"Some body please tell me why Floyd would be doing this right now? l don’t understand this one," Fif questioned on Instagram after getting wind of a flyer promoting the party. He later posted screenshots on social media of a conversation via text between him and Floyd, with Floyd arguing that 50 was being hypocritical due to his affiliation with Shantel Jackson, a woman who sued Floyd. However, Fif apparently had a different view of things and proceeded to question Floyd's financial situation, as well as bring up his alleged struggles with reading, reviving the bitter feud once again.
On July 21, 2018, Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on the offensive in his back-and-forth with 50 Cent, posting an open letter disparaging his former friend on social media. "Curtis 'Confidential Informant' Jackson, you're mad because your oldest son Marquees mother doesn’t want to be with you!" Mayweather began in the post, before speaking on Fif's strained relationship with his son, writing "Your Son, your own flesh and blood don't want nothing to do with you!"
"You haven't had a hit song on radio in who knows when and you’re definitely not hot enough to even sell records anymore so Interscope dropped you," Floyd continued. "You are jealous of any rapper, athlete or entertainer that’s hot or got something going on for themselves. You are a certified snitch and we got paperwork to prove it."
In response to Mayweather's open letter, 50 Cent uploaded his own posts highlighting his history of domestic abuse and poking fun at his open-letter and his reading ability, putting even more gas on their fiery war of words.
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bitter dispute took a new turn on July 23, when 50 accused Mayweather Jr. of sleeping with late rapper Earl Hayes' wife, Stephanie Moseley, leading to Hayes killing himself and Moseley.
In 2014, Hayes reportedly FaceTimed Mayweather Jr. before murdering Moseley and continued to talk with the boxer on FaceTime before committing suicide. While rumors Trey Songz as the man Moseley slept with while her and Hayes' were married, 50 Cent claims that it Floyd was actually the man in question.
"Tell everybody why you was on FaceTime when he killed Stephanie and himself. Because he was confronting you about fucking his wife," 50 wrote on Instagram, before accusing Floyd of also attempting to sleep with rapper P Reala's ex-girlfriend. Given the seriousness of the allegations, the chances of this round of disses being a publicity stunt are slim to none.
The war between 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. got even uglier on July 24, 2018, when Fif shared a police report written by Floyd's son Koraun on social media. According to the police report, Koraun said at the time that he saw his father kick his mother and repeatedly hit her. "I came out [my room] and my dad was hiting (sic) my mom. It happed (sic) at 4:00 am in the morning," Koraun wrote at the time.
While 50's post insinuated that Mayweather and his son had a bad relationship, Koraun defended his dad by posting a black-and-white photo of him and his dad, with the caption, "All good over here. Worry bout your family first. Love you @floydmayweather," referencing 50's own issues with his son. Not to be deterred, 50 continued to strike, bragging about him and Mayweather's spat making the news and joking about a photo of Mayweather and Diddy talking while being close to each other in his latest attack on the undefeated champ.
50 Cent's takedown of Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued on July 25, 2018, with 50 poking fun at Mayweather's reading skill's once again. But he got a dose of his own medicine when his son Marquise uploaded a screenshot of himself FaceTiming with Mayweather Jr. Writing the caption "How my Uncle look my age? #MoneyCall," Marquise let it be known where his allegiance lies in this beef, which show's no signs of ending anytime soon.
50 dealt the latest blow days after his son, Marquise Jackson, slighted him by posting a photo of himself Facetiming Floyd Mayweather Jr. 50, however, appears to be taking it all in stride, judging by his latest Instagram post. According to Power's executive producer, he avoided questions from TMZ regarding their back and forth because the the boxing champ is his "little brother." "don’t tell him I said this, I know he can’t read this shit LOL get the strap [sic]," 50 added.