Manny Pacquiao and 50 Cent suddenly becoming best friends was and still is very strange. You’ll recall, initially 50 sprung up on the scene as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s boy. The pair was supposed to go into business together, however, a falling out stemming from reasons unknown derailed those plans. Then, a couple of weeks ago, word leaked that Pacquiao and 50 were going to move forward with a joint project instead.
Needless to say, folks had a lot of questions about this new project. Would Pacquiao and 50 be equal partners? What sort of promoting were they looking to do? What were the terms of the their arrangement? And, of course, most importantly – was there any room for Mayweather in their little operation?
Recently, while doing press for his upcoming Dec. 8 bout versus Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao (and his advisor, Michael Koncz) stopped to answer most of those questions.
"I love music, and he likes boxing also," Pacquiao told MTV News when asked about how this weird partnership originally came together. "We're talking about that and we're discussing. We didn't finalize yet because I'm so busy right now and he's busy right now.”
Later, Koncz expounded on just how close this company was to becoming a reality.
"We've very close to it, I've been talking to 50 Cent now for over a month and a half, close to two months. It's becoming a reality, more than a possibility," Koncz said of the deal which will bring Fif and Pac together to promote big-time boxing matches. "I think we're going to end up doing something together before the year is out."
And will there be room for other people at this new company? People like Mayweather, perhaps? Or is his and 50’s relationship beyond repair at this point?
"I believe they have a true friendship and all true friends have arguments periodically, but that's not my business," Koncz said diplomatically. "Floyd is always welcome, if we put this together, the door will always be open for Floyd to join in."
So there you go. Nobody is trying to exclude Mayweather from anything.
A few weeks back, 50 shined some light on why he and his ex-best friend were beefing these days.
“[The issues between us] really comes from … everybody around him is waiting on the next time he feels generous. And I have a lot [of money], so I don’t wait for nobody,” 50 said (via Larry Brown Sports). “I’ll go do what I gotta do. I don’t have to sit around and wait for the next time he feels like giving somebody something.”
He did, however, leave the door open for the pair to repair their relationship.
“Me and Floyd is always gonna be cool.”
Well, that's nice.
Is anyone else starting to think that this is all just a weak play to hype up next year's Dream Match between Pacquiao and Mayweather?