Rapper 50 cent eyes a pro debut?
LAS VEGAS — Having become a mainstay, if not the leader, in the entourage of newly-crowned WBA junior middleweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr., rapper 50 Cent told RingTV.com he would seriously consider making a professional debut on a future pay per view card were it headlined by Mayweather.
“That’s what I’m training for,” said 50 Cent. “But I don’t want to fight a cab driver.”
The rapper made his comments as the final members of the media filed out of Saturday night’s post-fight press conference at the MGM Grand after Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) had garnered a unanimous decision that dethroned Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) as the WBA’s 154-pound beltholder.
After the victory, which earned Mayweather his eighth crown in five weight classes, 50 Cent was among those who joined the boxer in the ring, along with Justin Beiber, professional wrestler Triple H, rapper Lil Wayne, and former featherweight beltholder Yuriorkis Gamboa.
“I love the sport. I fell in love with it when I was like 12 years old. So it’s interesting that I get to live vicariously through Floyd,” said 50 Cent.
“It’s something that he’s does well and it’s something that he’s passionate about. You saw Justin Beiber out there tonight, Triple H, Lil Wayne. He’s an entertainer.”
50 Cent said that he became further impressed with Mayweather’s dedication during the NBA’s All-Star weekend in Orlando, Fla., in late February, when the fighter passed up an invitation to go to strip clubs in favor of a six-mile run at 3 a.m.
“I thought he was crazy. I thought he was joking,” said 50 cent. “I have never seen a person just start to randomly train like that.”
As for the millionaire artist himself, 50 Cent said that he would have to drop some poundage prior to making his own segue into boxing.
“I would have to lose weight. I would have to lose a lot of weight. I’m like 204,” said 50 Cent. “So I would have to go down to about 168. I would fight at 168. I’m walking around like a regular guy. It would take me about two months of training.”
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