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Floyd Mayweather on the Attack, Labels 50 Cent a "Male Boxing Groupie."

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Okay, bear with me. There's a boxing element to all of this celebrity beef, but first let's go through the last 48-hours of TMZ-like drama.

On Thursday, rapper, 50 Cent fired the first shot via his official Twitter account, confirming the rumor that he and Floyd Mayweather were no longer friends and were not, in any way, partners in his upstart boxing promotion venture.

"TMT IS OVER. The Money team is no longer a team," 50 Cent wrote. "I'm no longer a part or down with TMT Promotions. If anyone wants a Money Team jacket I'm selling mine for a dollar.

Recently, the platinum-selling rapper would also use the social media vehicle to indicate that his fighter, Yuriorkis Gamboa, wants to move up in weight to take Mayweather out.

"GAMBOA MOVING UP IN WEIGHT FLOYD. You should have know [sic] not to go against me PUNK."

Less than an hour later, the five-division world titlist and reigning champ of boxing controversy, Mayweather, fired back with a picture-perfect counter.

"A male boxing groupie," Mayweather wrote on an instagram photo of 50 Cent holding Mayweather's belts. "Hold my belts because your album sales have declined"

On another instagram photo, this one of the rapper wearing a "Money Team" leather jacket, "Mayweather wrote: "F**k Boy you look cute in that jacket."

Mayweather would also run through a plethora of insulting digs at 50 Cent's company, SMS, indicating that the initials stand for "Snakes Maneuver Slick," "Sisters Managing Sports," and "Similar Mayweather Show."

"Twitter beefs" have become commonplace in the world of professional boxing, but few have the mainstream reach of this social media version of Tupac vs. Biggie.

There are a few rumors about why this nastiness began in the first place, the biggest being a story that 50 Cent and a member of Mayweather's inner team made an attempt to create a wedge between the fighter and adviser, Al Haymon as well as informal associates, Golden Boy Promotions. The story, as published by Ben Thompson of Fighthype.com, involved a letter sent to Mayweather while he was serving his jail sentence for domestic battery.

In the correspondence, it was implied that Haymon and Golden Boy were not getting the full money due to him and that if he ditched their services, he could possibly generate anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion in additional revenue before he retired. The strong implication was that Mayweather should work with 50 Cent's company, alone.

Mayweather, of course, was not keen on severing ties with allies who have made him the highest-paid athlete in sports today. Thus, the beef started to brew and it eventually turned into this nasty divorce of the new jack boxing "bromance" of the century.

Whatever the case, there seems to be legitimate bad blood between the two and it has already caused them to pursue a working relationship with the other's professional rival-- Mayweather with 50 Cent's rap rival, Rick Ross and 50 Cent with Mayweather's promotional rival, Bob Arum.

And, now, here comes the part where this affects boxing.

If getting Mayweather and Arum into the same room was difficult before, forget about it now. Mayweather, more than any other fighter in the sport, has demonstrated that he will absolutely not do something that he doesn't want to do and, when convinced that he's right, just cannot be convinced into giving an inch.

For Bob Arum, the Mayweather-50 Cent beef is good business. He gets the rapper funneling talent into his shows (like Gamboa and Anthony Dirrell) and he assumes none of the risk or effort he would incur if the fighters were actually under contract with him.

More importantly, though, Arum gets one final, deal-killing wedge between his fighter, Manny Pacquiao, and Mayweather. Pacquiao-Mayweather was a fight that Arum, for many reasons, never really seemed to want and now this drama will pretty much kill any outside chance of putting the two fighters in the same ring.

For Mayweather, the split with his rapping buddy will likely have little immediate impact. If/when he returns to the ring, Golden Boy has plenty of potential welterweight and junior middleweight opponents from which to choose.

Professionally, 50 Cent needed Mayweather more than Mayweather needed 50 Cent. Down the line, if the hip-hop star is serious about the boxing business, that may change. But, right now, Mayweather is king and it's 50 Cent who finds himself outside of the castle.

But don't expect the author of "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" to go down without taking some real solid swings. Seeing his most recent tweets, this war has just begun:

"I can't hang out with Floyd no more,I'm tired of running from manny pacquiao"

"MONEY Floyd you know I have more MONEY then you.Al Haymen [sic] got you on a Allowance, you go broke every fight stupid."

Other work from this writer:

Five Fights That Defined Floyd Mayweather

The Strange Tale of the Attempted Floyd Mayweather Takeover

Pacquiao Fans: Fight Mayweather or Retire! Fan's Perspective

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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.

Sources:

Floyd Mayweather, Official Twitter Account

50 Cent, Official Twitter Account

Ben Thompson, 50 CENT, TOMMY SUMMERS, AND THEIR FAILED ATTEMPT TO BREAK UP FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND AL HAYMON, Fighthype.com

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