Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his onetime best friend, 50 Cent, may or may not be beefing. Nobody knows for certain what their status is and, really, nobody cares all that much anymore. There was some intrigue, initially, but that's all gone now. At this point, all anyone really wants to know is: how might their beef, whether it’s real or fake, impact a potential super fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao?
In order to understand how this situation might impact Pacquiao, we have to start at the beginning. On Saturday night, 50 Cent and Mayweather hurled a barrage of insults at one another via Twitter. Because, you know, that is how grown men express their frustrations. Or something.
Here was their exchange:
I'm no longer apart or down with TMT promotions. SMSaudio— 50cent (@50cent) November 1, 2012
I move the fighters to SMSpromotion cause the other half of the money team .Didnt put up there $MONEY$.SMSaudio— 50cent (@50cent) November 1, 2012
GAMBOAWANTS TO FIGHT FLOYD. I will put up a extra 20 million for the winner. He don't like it that Floyd pulled out. #SMSAUDIO— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
Ellerbee you a broke bum GAMBOA want to fight tell him to Floyd lace up. Lol— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
GAMBOA is the truth, FLOYD no that, stop tricking and Fight #SMSAUDIO— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
If you say Floyd a kill GAMBOA tell him fight.— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
GAMBOA MOVING UP IN WEIGHT FLOYD. You should have know not to go against me PUNK #SMSAUDIO— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
I can't hang out with Floyd no more,I'm tired of running from mannypacquiao #smsAudio— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
I'm gonna make BIG FLOYD rich. Floyd stop spending your money on hoe's man they don't love you fool.SMSaudio— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
MONEY Floyd you know I have more MONEY then you.Al Haymen got you on a Allowance, you go broke every fight stupid. SMSaudio— 50cent (@50cent) November 3, 2012
SMS = Sisters Managing Sports— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) November 3, 2012
A male boxing groupie.. hold my belts because your album sales have declined instagr.am/p/Rjhoa1R3Vb/— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) November 3, 2012
Here is one I can’t post fully because our advertisers don’t like cursing: F**k Boy you look cute in that jacket http://instagr.am/p/RjjIS8R3Wo/
Men lie.. women lie numbers don't lie. Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Kanye please help this boy twitter.com/FloydMayweathe…— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) November 3, 2012
After the media (including us) reported on this beef, 50 Cent came out and said that it was all just a gag. That Mayweather had asked him to stir up some fake controversy.
I'm sick of all this nonsense Floyd asked me to act like were fighting cause no one was paying any attention after his 60 days.#SMSaudio— 50cent (@50cent) November 5, 2012
Is 50 Cent telling the truth there? Who knows. The insults he and Mayweather were lobbing at one another didn’t sound like they were jokes. When was the last time 50 took someone pointing out his declining album sales lightly? When was the last time Mayweather let someone publicly berate him? Their exchange, despite what 50 Cent is saying now, didn’t seem staged.
Back to the original question: how does this impact a potential Dream Match? Well, it impacts it in one of two ways. If the beef was real, it kills any and all chance of 50 Cent serving as a middleman between Pacquiao and Mayweather. When he was on good terms with both men, 50 Cent could have been the respected mediator who brought everyone together. If he is beefing with Mayweather, though, obviously that doesn’t work. If the beef was fake, 50 Cent remains a viable mediating option, but you have to wonder if Pacquiao would trust him. If a guy can stage an entire beef with his best friend where he publicly clowns over him over some very real facts, what will he do to you in a potential business transaction?
Any which way you want to look at it, it is difficult to review what happened this weekend and see 50 Cent serving as any sort of middleman between Mayweather Pacquiao in the future. Regardless of whether the beef was fake or not.