Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rap artist 50 Cent used to be good friends, but business tore them apart. Today, the two are lashing out at each other on Instagram.
Once upon a time, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rap artist 50 Cent were best friends. The pair connected in the mid to late 2000s and seemed as close as brothers. Alas, lke so many relationships, business and money both took their toll. Today, the two superstars are feuding on social media, showing off their worst sides in the process.
Mayweather is one of the best boxers in history. He retired with a perfect record of 50-0 with 27 KOs and is the highest-earning athlete in 2018 according to Forbes. He’s a money-making machine and has earned an estimated $285 million in 2018 based on his last fight with Conor McGregor and his endeavors as a boxing promoter. You’d think he’d be happy in retirement enjoying a blessed life, but instead, he’s posting vile gossip about 50 Cent.
It wasn’t that long ago that the two were famous friends. 50 Cent made numerous appearances along with Mayweather on the HBO series 24/7. They related to each other. They’re both self-made millionaires that have come from a past of poverty and violence. In a world where they feel like they can’t trust anybody, they found that they could trust each other.
Trust bonded Mayweather and 50 Cent together. With an entourage of hangers-on, they were independently wealthy and didn’t have to worry about the other preying on them for financial gain — or at least, that’s what they thought.
In 2012, Mayweather and 50 Cent joined forces in a boxing promotion company called TMT Promotions. They acquired the promotional rights to numerous boxers including Yuriorkis Gamboa and Billy Dib. The venture looked promising, but then Mayweather and 50 Cent suddenly parted company.
50 Cent openly claimed that Mayweather owed him $2 million dollars. Mayweather went on to start his own promotional company, Mayweather Promotions, while 50 Cent’s promotional company failed.
Since then, the two have taken part in a strange vortex oscillating between reconciliation and vicious exchanges on social media. Recently, Mayweather broke the peace.
On Sunday, July 22, Mayweather posted an image of 50 Cent on Instagram with the words “Go snitch or die tellin” emboldened on the front. Along with the image, Mayweather included a long, salacious message that made vulgar claims about 50 Cent.
Mayweather discussed rumors regarding 50 Cent’s relationship with his son, financial hardships, and sexually transmitted diseases.
50 Cent retorted the same day with an image of Mayweather crying, with a message promising to reveal more pertaining to Mayweather’s history of domestic violence.
Not to be outdone, Mayweather has posted several more Instagram posts attacking 50 Cent, but the worst one came yesterday. It featured an image of an emaciated 50 Cent surrounded by rats. Mayweather’s message accompanying the image solicits fans to follow a series of steps to cyberbully 50 Cent. He promises $1000 dollars to the nine trolls who garner the most reactions on social media.
50 Cent isn’t backing down and posted a picture of deceased rapper Earl Hayes along with his deceased wife with Mayweather. In a message with the photo, 50 Cent claims Mayweather had an affair with Hayes’s wife Stephanie, which led Hayes to murder Stephanie and commit suicide in 2014.
Mayweather is 41 years old and 50 Cent is 43. Unfortunately, they are acting worse than delinquent teenagers despite the fact that they’re accomplished adults with children. There’s no winner in this war of words. Both are automatic losers.
This social media war shows us a lot about the characters of Mayweather and 50 Cent. It’s easy to see why they were such good friends and even better enemies. For all of the bashing that goes on between them, they fail to see the irony: They’re completely alike in terms of their faulty personalities and character flaws.
Mayweather and 50 Cent are so enraged that they fail to see the collateral damage that lies in the wake of their spiteful and crude words. They’re hurting everybody who’s associated with them in their back and forth insults. Words are a powerful thing, and they’re even more powerful when given a large audience, which Mayweather and 50 Cent have because of their celebrity.
Both men are overly consumed with their egos and a false sense of pride. They don’t see all of the other people they’ve hurt in the process. Mayweather needs to apologize to 50’s ex-girlfriend and two sons for parading rumors regarding their private lives in front of the entire world.
50 Cent needs to apologize to Earl Hayes and Stephanie Moseley’s families for publicizing their traumatic deaths and re-opening old wounds surrounding the tragedy. Mayweather and 50 Cent are so blinded with malice for each other that they fail to see how they are impacting others.
What we learn from this is that Mayweather and 50 Cent aren’t good people. They are attacking each other with painful rumors that entwine the lives of others, just to fuel their assaults on the other’s character.
It’s unfortunate that men who’ve accomplished so much and possess enough means to make a positive difference in other’s lives would rather engage in an immature exchange of personal insults that do more damage to others. It’s a waste of potential and talent. They can donate to all the causes they like, but they’ve inadvertently shown the true nature of their souls, and it’s not a pretty sight.