A History Of Floyd Mayweather’s Relationship With 50 Cent
50 Cent's friendship with Floyd Mayweather goes back more than a decade, and by all accounts it was a positive and genuine friendship—until recently. Things went downhill fast in 2012 after the duo's The Money Team promotions company tore them apart, with Mayweather backing out and 50 left with a $2 million deficit. But Fif and Floyd appeared to have patched things up, saying in separate interviews that there was no bad blood, until last week. After a Mayweather interview, in which he called 50, T.I. and Nelly irrelevant, was posted, 50 clowned Mayweather on Instagram by challenging him to read a page from Harry Potter without messing it up. The back and forth has intensified since, and continues to play out online now.
But things weren't all bad, and it wasn't too long ago that the two were making millions together. Here is a brief recap of 50 Cent's relationship with Floyd Mayweather through the years. —Dan Rys
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The two meet for the first time in Puerto Rico at the Mixshow Power Summit Conference and strike up a friendship that eventually turns into an ill-fated business partnership.
May 5, 2007
50 Cent accompanies Mayweather to the ring for his title fight against Oscar De La Hoya, and performs his new Curtis single "Straight To The Bank" live for the first time.
March 4, 2008
Mayweather asks 50 Cent to accompany him to the ring when he fights The Big Show on WWE's Wrestlemania XXIV in Orlando at the end of the month, a fight for which Mayweather reportedly made more than $20 million.
Nov. 16, 2009
50 uploads a video of himself with Rick Ross' baby mama, Tia, and his son hanging out at Mayweather's house, along with Diddy.
June 17, 2010
50 and Floyd announce that they're going to release a compilation album together, which would come out whenever Mayweather fights Manny Pacquiao.
Feb. 24, 2011
50 Cent gives Mayweather a $400,000 Rolls Royce for the boxer's 34th birthday party.
Jan. 25, 2011
50 and Floyd Mayweather head to Sundance Film Festival, where they announce that they're starting their own film production company called Mayweather Productions. That company was to be part of 50's massive $200 million deal with Lionsgate.
Oct. 18, 2011
50 Cent brings out Mayweather on stage during a performance in Las Vegas for the Dew Tour Finals.
Nov. 17, 2011
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather cover the Dec./Jan. 2012 issue of XXL, one of five covers for our 138th issue.
June 1, 2012
50 Cent attends Mayweather's sentencing hearing for his domestic assault charge, and speaks to reporters afterward. "He'll be all right," 50 told the Associated Press. "It's an uncomfortable situation for everyone."
June 14, 2012
50 gives an interview to Philly's Hot 107.9 and says that Mayweather isn't doing well in prison. “He’s not doing good right now,” he said. “He only been out seven hours since he been in there. They doin’ everything to make this difficult. Even if it’s 23 hours, you supposed to be out one hour a day. And he only been out seven hours."
July 23, 2012
While Mayweather is locked up for a few months on a domestic violence charge, 50 goes ahead and creates the duo's boxing promotion company The Money Team, applying for boxing licenses in New York and Las Vegas, thinking that Mayweather had agreed to the plan, which turned out to not be the case.
Mayweather gets out of jail after serving two of his three months in prison, and
50 Cent takes to Twitter and announces that The Money Team has been disbanded, and that Mayweather owed him $2 million that Fif had spent on signing boxers to TMT while the champ was locked up. Five days later, though, 50 admitted that the entire thing was a
Nov. 29, 2012
50 goes on Power 106 in L.A. and claims that the Twitter spat/publicity stunt was actually rooted in real issues, and that 50 had established TMT apparently without Mayweather's consent.
Feb. 28, 2013
50 goes on ESPN to talk about Mayweather, telling the network that the champ ducked a meeting between him and Manny Pacquiao, and that Mayweather's prison bid was a "traumatic" experience. But he also claimed that the two were still friends.
Apr. 3, 2014
In a new interview, Mayweather says that he and 50 are still friends, despite all the friction surrounding them. “Just as a man, I respect him, I love him,” Mayweather said. “There’s a lot of my friends, a lot of my associates, that I don’t speak to on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean that I wish anything bad toward them.”
May 2, 2014
After a very ugly and public Instagram post that alleged that his ex-fiancee aborted their twins, Mayweather was in the middle of a bad stretch of PR, to say the least, and 50 couldn't help but weigh in. Over two Instagram posts, 50 clowned Floyd with a fake phone call making light of the situation, softening the blow with the caption, ”Floyd is my brother I’m just making fun of bullshit. LMAO." He later deleted the posts.
May 25, 2014
Another day, another Mayweather controversy, another Instagrammed phone call from 50. After Mayweather got into a very public brawl with T.I. at a Fatburger in Las Vegas, Fif called him up to get the lowdown on the situation, clowning him for getting into an altercation with Tip and warning Floyd to stay away from T.I.'s wife, Tiny.
Aug. 21, 2014
Floyd Mayweather gives an interview calling 50 Cent, Nelly and T.I. "irrelevant," which causes 50 to go off on Floyd on Instagram, offering to donate $750,000 to any charity if Mayweather can read a page from Harry Potter without messing up, implying that Floyd can't actually read. He later changes the bet to a reading of The Cat In The Hat on Jimmy Kimmel's television show.
Aug. 23, 2014
Mayweather responds to 50's Instagram taunting by posting a photo of his million dollar checks to Instagram, which 50 goes on to mock in a response post the next day.