COMMENTARY | The latest development in the Floyd Mayweather-50 Cent feud involves one of the rapper's new acquisitions and the estranged father of the five-division world champ.
According to Mayweather Sr., 50 Cent's people approached him with the idea of training super middleweight contender, Andre Dirrell, and the accomplished veteran trainer took on the new client without any regard to the developing feud between his son and the hip-hop star.
"I got a call from [Tommy Smalls], one of the guys that used to work with my son," Floyd Sr. told Chris Robinson of Boxingscene. "He called me and then I talked to 50 Cent. That's 50 Cent's fighter right now and he asked would I train him. He said 'Please say yes'. That's what he said and I told him 'No problem'. We've trained this whole week right here and everything's looking to be pretty good right now."
Of course, this means that Mayweather Sr. will now be working for the benefit of his son's former ally and now heated rival. But Sr. made it clear that this would not be a problem.
"Look here, that's 50 and Floyd and I'm Floyd Sr.," he said. "I don't even know nothing about it to be honest."
Whatever the case, the symbolism of Mayweather Sr. as part of 50 Cent's SMS Promotions can't be lost on any of the parties involved. With a plethora of trainers available for a high-end fighter like Dirrell, the choice of Floyd Mayweather's father provides the rapper with the best of both worlds-- He gets a world class trainer for his fighter, plus, he gets to drive a little dig into Jr.'s side.
It's not like Mayweather Sr., isn't a legitimate main stage trainer, though, and stylistically, Sr. does well with fighters like Dirrell, who employ quick reflexes with a defensive mindset. But, still, the juiciness of this move involves Mayweather Sr. drawing a paycheck from 50 Cent. That's the real story and that's what will capture headlines throughout the boxing world.
The Mayweather Sr.-Dirrell pairing will be the foundation around which 50 Cent's new Las Vegas gym and upstart promotional company will be based. Also involved are Cuban former Olympic gold medalist and former featherweight world champ, Yuriorkis Gamboa, as well as current IBF featherweight titlist, Billy Dib, from Australia.
However, it should be said that SMS Promotions, although making headlines and in possession of some serious, world class talent, lacks the infrastructure of a real promotional company. So, for the time being, they will need to work with other companies in order to get their fighters continued work and continued paydays. For example, Dib will be part of the Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout undercard, via invite from Miguel Cotto's promotional company while Gamboa and Dirrell will be returning to the ring on the undercards of high profile Top Rank cards.
So, while the Mayweather-50 Cent feud certainly appears to be real, SMS Promotions still has a long way to go before it can give Mayweather and his team much professional concern. When/if they can get to the point of holding their own shows and taking money away from Mayweather's plate, then things could get even nastier. In the meantime, it's all Twitter beef and hip-hop bluster. It's a game that benefits 50 Cent and his team because they're the ones looking for exposure and an industry foothold.
As for the professional pairing of Dirrell and Mayweather Sr.-- Well, it could be a very successful relationship if Mayweather is able to turn a spacey, often distracted Dirrell into a focused world class fighter firing on all cylinders. Dirrell has the potential to do great things, but he has to be willing to work hard and not simply rely on his physical talents to cruise past lesser-skilled fighters.
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.
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