In less than a week, XXL's December cover boy, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will go head to head with Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas' MGM Grand. Rappers and boxers have always shared common attributes: larger than life personalities, an inclination towards macho posturing, and an appreciation for a good old fashioned one on one face off. (Just look at 50 and Floyd, who are pretty much BFFs these days). As Saturday's brawl approaches, XXL takes a look back at some of the staff's favorite boxing references in rap lyrics — XXL Staff (@XXLStaff)
“Paparaz’ photo, my side bitch in Manolo It’s all about dough though, my knuckle game like Cotto.”
“We race foreign cars, custom models. Drop top mustard Tahoe/ We like the musketeers, trained by Cus D’Amato.”
“Crucifix on my neck I pray it never melt, Pacquiao purse, boy I took another belt.”
"3 bitches, 3 different flights, glad it was 4 sides at that Paul Williams fight/ The Wynn, The Bellagio, the Palms, 3 nights/ As long as they separated, they my three blind mice.”
"Little nigga, but see me as a fuckin’ rhino/ Lil Weezy hit this bitch like Rocky Marciano.”
"Half of these rappers weren’t trappin’ when I was choppin’ the do or die / Suge had me in, I went Puffy like Zab Judah eye"
“I just landed in that G450. Caught the Mayweather fight cause the satellite was crispy”
"We both hard hit, just like Hagler and Hearns, add the math, be concerned if it's beef you burn"
"You got a mouth like Kanye, I’ll knock your whole bottom row of teeth out/ No disrespect to Mr. West, shit I’m just nice with mine/ And this just rap, I’m like Ricky Hatton, I just like the line.”
"Like Roy Jones and Hopkins, ain't no 60-40 deal / I'm getting 90, they get 10, and gotta split it still. "
"I summons the hood, they get up in yo' ass for real/ Knockout flow, Winky Wright jab for real"
"High class, Generals, Confidence, paying lawyers / Swift as Oscar De La Hoya, green beret warriors"
“ I knock out the Mic like Buster Douglas bitch, leave a nigga broke.”
“He beat them cases up like Mike Tyson ‘86/ That’s why it’s like I got a license for these 80 bricks"
“I ain’t fucking with small shit, only thorough heaters/ The ice grill get you robbed, Sergio Martinez.”
"So tell your homey chill, you know I hold the steel / Everything ain't jabs and hooks, and you ain't Holyfield"
“Face keep poppin’ up / On a tube, I’m just watching Pacquiao box em up”
"Any click whoever said shit, they got rocked / So sugar Shane Mosley yo ass up out the cockpit"
I'm Sugar Ray Leonard to them boxers / Watch me not watch them, I'm like clockwork"
"And yo own man's don't acknowledge ya G / Cuz you ain't wanna go to war like Muhammad Ali"