Rapper and actor, 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), has been tight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for quite some time and rumors have long circulated that he has been looking to personally get involved in the boxing business.
Recently, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that the platinum seller has created TMT Promotions (TMT stands for "The Money Team") and that the upstart promotional firm is currently licensed in New York with a license also pending in Nevada.
Already, the rapper is making waves in the boxing world with the strongly-rumored signing of two high-profile fighters in Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell.
Gamboa, who recently broke away from Top Rank, balked at the deal presented to him for a bout with Brandon Rios and was bent on sitting out his time with Bob Arum's company before being allowed to buy out his contract. The talented Cuban Olympic gold medalist and former featherweight world titlist has elite-level abilities and will rise to the top of either the featherweight or super featherweight division as soon as he begins competing again.
Dirrell, who is significantly less accomplished than Gamboa, is also a world class fighter. The quick, athletic super middleweight lost a controversial decision to Carl Froch in his opening bout of the Super Six tournament. He would then beat Arthur Abraham via eleventh round disqualification when Abraham connected with a knockout head shot after Dirrell had slipped on the wet canvas. Following the Abraham victory, Dirrell pulled out of the tournament citing injuries sustained from the illegal blow and has only fought once since March of 2010.
With Gamboa and Dirrell signed, TMT Promotions will suddenly find itself as a significant presence in the sport. Given 50 Cent's high profile in the mainstream world and the reemergence of two inactive world class fighters, this should mean good things for boxing. Frankly, any move away from the status quo in the sport should be seen as a positive, especially when a major entertainment figure decides to join the fray.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
Chris Mannix, 50 Cent entering boxing promotion, expected to sign Yuriorkis Gamboa, Sports Illustrated
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