1. Sh*t Rappers and Boxers Tweet: 50 Cent vs. Floyd Mayweather, The War of Words.

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    UPDATE: 50 CENT TWEETED EARLIER TODAY THAT THE "BEEF" WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. WAS INDEED FAKE. THE TWEETS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE GALLERY. SMH SMS, SMH.

    UPDATE 2: SO, APPARENTLY, WE TOOK 50's TWEETS TOO LITERALLY (YOU FOOLED US, MR. JACKSON). ALL THAT APOLOGY TALK WAS JUST CURTIS BACKHANDING FLOYD. NOW FIF CLAIMS HE WANTS TO FIGHT MAYWEATHER IN AN ACTUAL BOXING MATCH. WE THINK WE'RE DONE WITH THIS "STORY."

    50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. used to be best friends. Not anymore.

    The rapper and undefeated boxer have in recent years been seen together on HBO's 24/7 the chummiest of chums. In one memorable episode, Fiddy rode around on a Segway inside "Money" Mayweather's "big boy mansion." (Floyd's description for his Las Vegas abode). The buddies have had scuffles — physical at that — like the time they argued over WWE money and they ended up letting their hands go . But it wasn't enough to break up their friendship.

    This weekend that all changed. A war of words erupted on Twitter with friends turned foes both hitting below the belt.


    CLICK THE THUMBNAILS ABOVE TO SEE THE TWEETS


    The beef stems from a business dispute. Back in July, while Mayweather was serving time for domestic battery, 50 announced he had applied for a boxing license and had formed TMT Promotions. TMT stands for The Money Team, which is what Mayweather calls his crew of handlers and hanger-ons, and what his fan base sometimes refer to themselves as. Previously known as "Pretty Boy" Floyd, the former Olympian — much like a wrestler turning "heel" — switched his persona up about five years ago, changing his nickname to "Money" Mayweather and doing his best to rile people up with audacious displays of arrogance and wealth. (According to Forbes, he is the highest paid athlete in the world.)

    Given that the name of the promotional company was TMT and that boxers like Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell , who are friendly with Mayweather, had been announced as part of the stable, everyone assumed 50 and Floyd were partnered up for this venture. But where they ever really? For one, Floyd already had Mayweather Promotions. Despite not having a promoter's license, the entity acted as a symbolic representation of the Mayweather brand name. Secondly, Floyd has been relatively quiet during his incarceration and after his release in August. Most of what's been said about TMT has come from 50. Then came a report from Fight Hype (a website that tends to be pro-Mayweather) that alleged 50 Cent and long-time Mayweather associate Tommy Summers (aka "Tommy Smalls") tried to convince Floyd while he was still in jail to break ties with his secretive and powerful business advisor Al Haymon, as well as Oscar de la Hoya's company, Golden Boy Promotions, who have worked with Mayweather for years. (The site published a handwritten letter supposedly from Summers that also stated that Floyd should "tear this up when you finish reading.")

    So was TMT really a power move of Machiavellian proportions by 50 Cent? Or did a legit business partnership turn sour when Fif couldn't convince Money to fight Manny Pacquiao?

    For those that don't know, the biggest fight that could be made in boxing is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Experts have predicted it would be the sport's most financially lucrative match in history. Yet, for about three years now, the fight has not been even close to being signed. Instead, boxing fans have been privy to a male soap opera full of allegations of performing enhancing drugs, lawsuits, vacations, arguments over blood tests, superstition, and bitter rivalries. Whether or not Mayweather is truly afraid of facing Pacquiao and losing his coveted "0" or he is dead set against lining the pockets of Pac Man's promoter Bob Arum (the two have been enemies ever since Floyd left Arum's Top Rank promotional company in 2006), might never be known, but the fight is something 50 obviously wants to happen – and when it didn't, Curtis Jackson, responded in true 50 Cent fashion. The veteran of numerous rap beefs knows a thing or two about pushing buttons — first he was photographed with Pacquiao a few weeks ago, claiming he was trying to work with Floyd's rival. Then on Halloween, he announced that he was no longer a part of The Money Team and that he was proceeding ahead with his own promotional outfit, SMS (named after 50's signature headphones). And just a few days ago, it was announced that 50 went as far as hiring Floyd's father to train some of SMS's fighters.

    But it didn't stop there. On Friday, 50 went at Mayweather on Twitter, slighting TMT and stating, "I can't hang out with Floyd no more, I'm tired of running from Manny Pacquiao." Mayweather responded by aligning himself with MMG and YMCMB, two noted 50 rivals, and coldly paraphrased a Jay-Z lyric: "I respect the shooter not the one who got shot," an obvious reference to 50 being shot back in 2000. They continued back and forth with (sometimes pause-worthy) tweets, Money RTing Rick Ross and ridiculing 50's record sales and Fif making allusions to Mayweather's girlfriend, who goes by the name of Miss Jackson and who some feel 50 got cozy with while Floyd was locked up. He also kept taunting the pugilist (albeit with poor grammar) that his fighter Gamboa wants to fight him (although that appears to be more trash talk than anything else, since there's a significant weight difference between both boxers).

    Of course, these days, nothing can happen without someone claiming conspiracy and there exists a portion of fans who feel the beef is fake. Or just plain stupid.


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    50 Cent Disses Floyd Mayweather Jr. on The Twitter.

















    Floyd Mayweather Disses 50 Cent on The Twitter.













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