First, there was the buzz of a rumor that Floyd Mayweather and BFF, 50 Cent were no longer on the best of terms.
Then, Boxingscene reported that recent signee to 50 Cent's TMT Promotions, Billy Dib, was being let go and referred over to Mayweather Promotions because, as Dib's attorney was allegedly informed, "50 Cent was no longer in boxing."
The news that TMT Promotions could be gone before it ever really started was a bit of a shock, especially for a company already with a tentative plan to hold a November card featuring two of their top fighters, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell, in co-main events.
Also, concern was raised about the futures of stars signed to the upstart promotional firm. Aside from Gamboa, Dirrell, and Dib, Celestino Caballero was also in The Money Team stable. In addition, former world titlists, Andre Berto and Zab Judah were rumored to have a working arrangement with the rapper's high-profile side project.
Many felt that Mayweather would either be part of the stable or an important ally/consultant to TMT Promotions. Instead, Mayweather may be out of the picture and Mayweather's arch-rival has possibly moved in.
Manny Pacquiao's manager, Michael Koncz, recently told Boxingscene that his fighter and the multi-platinum selling rapper have discussed coming together to form their own promotional collaboration.
"50 Cent and I have been talking now for maybe the last two months," Koncz said. "They approached us with the idea to form a promotional company...I think with 50 Cent, with his entertainment connections and his popularity there, combining that with Manny's popularity and expertise in boxing - we can bring a new flavor to boxing."
Koncz also said that the idea was originally to have Floyd Mayweather as one-third of the partnership, but that Mayweather, apparently, is no longer part of the project.
With news like this, the potential seems endless. Pacquiao's star power, combined with the celebrity reach of 50 Cent, would certainly make some waves. Add in Pacquiao's small-scale promotional company, MP Promotions and the, so far, still mostly intact TMT Promotions stable, and things suddenly start getting real interesting.
One has to wonder what Pacquiao's long-time promoter, Bob Arum really thinks about this. And what about Floyd Mayweather? The fighter who had all the answers and all the connections would suddenly find himself on the outside looking in if the Pacquiao-50 Cent alliance has any truth to it.
Of course, Team Pacquiao is infamous for leaked rumors and intentional misdirections, so everyone will just have to wait before hopping on the Pac-man-"Fiddy" bandwagon. It does make interesting food for thought, though.
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 BoxingTribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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