On Feb. 4, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. caused traffic congestion on the streets of Indianapolis, Ind. Mayweather and rapper 50 Cent used the Super Bowl crowds to promote the boxer's next fight. Driving around the city in a large bus with prominent decorations of Floyd Mayweather, the duo stopped constantly to make sure everyone had a chance to see them.
Promoting the Next Fight
It is not surprising that Floyd Mayweather Jr. would try to generate more hype for his May 5 fight against Miguel Cotto. Floyd probably viewed the Super Bowl as the perfect opportunity to create more publicity and attract more attention. Mayweather and 50 Cent were seen inside a bus that was covered in decals for Floyd and his Twitter account. However, his promotional stunt upset many motorists in Indianapolis who were stuck behind his bus in a city that is already suffering from traffic problems because of the Super Bowl.
Although I missed the traffic congestion caused by Mayweather in the early hours of Feb. 4, friends have provided multiple videos of the downtown Indianapolis scene. Floyd and 50 Cent repeatedly stopped their bus to greet fans. They also signed autographs for several people but never left the bus.
This is not the first time that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has teamed up with 50 Cent for promotional purposes. In Jan. 2012, Mayweather and 50 Cent were at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to promote a new line of headphones. The rapper's "Street by 50" headphones carried a price tag of $300 to $400, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in attendance to help him sell them.
The duo also used the opportunity to show off large stacks of money on Twitter. The photographs were taken in a hotel room in Las Vegas, and featured Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent promoting the Money Team. The duo took turns posing for the camera with cash and showing off their wealth. In addition, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent made sure to mock Beyonce's new baby with an altered picture of a newborn. On Feb. 4, despite past incidents, neither Floyd Mayweather Jr. nor 50 Cent threw money at the crowds.
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Lana started following boxing before Manny Pacquiao began his professional career. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.