Sadly, way too much boxing info is being leaked into the swirling insanity of Twitter without proper context. This social media minutiae, for better or worse, often becomes accepted as truth, whether the information is accurate or not.
Sometimes, though, accurate and important information finds its way through the muck and mire.
That kind of, sort of happened recently when Oscar De la Hoya and 50 Cent had a public "Twitter beef" over the latter's decision to become a boxing promoter.
Out of nowhere, the Golden Boy Promotions founder, De la Hoya took to Twitter to, apparently, take a swipe at the rapper's move to boxing:
"Everyone wanting to be a boxing promoter? Good luck. Easier said then done," he wrote.
50 Cent exploded with a Twitter tirade, consisting of several messages and all addressing the former six-division world champ as, "girl" or "sweet heart."
However, the biggest shot of the bunch, took direct aim at Golden Boy's informal relationship with boxing cash cow, Floyd Mayweather:
"I don't gamble floyd do,but I bet you you won't be promoting Floyd mayweather no more. TMT PROMOTIONS," the rapper wrote.
Golden Boy has helped promote and distribute Mayweather's bouts since 2007 and, although there's no contractual tie between the two, it has been common knowledge that Mayweather and Golden Boy have enjoyed an alliance against rival promotional company, Top Rank.
If 50 Cent's tweet is true and Mayweather does become a part of TMT Promotions, it's certainly a major loss for Golden Boy. They will not only lose the revenue generated by Mayweather, but they will also lose the pay-per-view platform often given to their fighters on the high-profile Mayweather undercards. Maybe more importantly, though, they will lose the muscle they've enjoyed over the years by leveraging their relationship with Mayweather into negotiations regarding their own fighters.
Is this a bad thing for boxing?
Probably not. More competition is generally good for the consumer. But good or bad, having the combined power of 50 Cent and Mayweather tossing money around and raising hell in the face of boxing's two biggest promotional companies is going to be immensely entertaining.
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.
Ben Thompson, 50 CENT BLASTS DE LA HOYA; BETS THAT GOLDEN BOY WON'T BE WORKING WITH MAYWEATHER, Fighthype.com
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