50 Cent talks to ESPN about boxing, Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacuiao, a G-Unit reunion and more.
50 Cent, always a boxing advocate, has had his ups and downs with the sport this year. From starting The Money Team (TMT) with friend Floyd Mayweather, to beefing with said friend, to disassembling TMT for his own venture-- Fif has made quiet a few moves. Recently the music mogul appeared on ESPN's First Take and he spoke on his relationship with Mayweather, and gave his thoughts on why he hasn't fought Manny Pacquiao.
On top of this interview, he did one for their online site, where he talks about the music side of things, including the potential of a G-Unit reunion. While Fif seemed to shoot down Game's online petition for it, in this interview, he seems to have a more positive outlook that it may be possible, but only with the original members.
Peep excerpts from that interview below.
You're here promoting boxing, including former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa. You were heavily involved with trying to get Manny Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather a few years ago. What happened with that?
Floyd asked me to communicate with Manny's camp. He wanted the fight before getting incarcerated. We kept the communications lines open. I am intelligent. I know to not distance myself from Top Rank Promotions, where Manny is. Floyd didn't really care for them. I thought you have to fight the best out there.
Why do you think the fight never happened?
Floyd's thought process held the actual fight back. He was thinking more about what his opponent would be making. He didn't think this other person deserved to be his opponent. He didn't want to actually help promote that fighter. I think you can't be on top unless you're fighting the top fighters out there.
How is the latest CD, "Street King Immortal," coming along? I know you're still working on it.
At that show with Kendrick, I performed two songs -- "We Up" and "Major Distribution." "We Up" likely will be on my next CD. I'm going to hit the tour after that. Music is the reason I've been able to be a part of this brand extension. I turned down some film projects to open time to hit the road. It's like hitting the restart button.
What about a reunion of G-Unit?
The original G-Unit, maybe. We might do something. I’ll be honest with you. Some of these new artists on the label I don’t think are working as hard as they could. I don’t know how hard they want to work or how much they want it. I could see the original coming back together though.
You sound pretty content these days.
I’m a lot happier these days. I’ve matured. I’m doing what I enjoy. I don’t think some of these rappers fell in love with music the way I did. How hungry are they? It’s easy to put out video clips. But what about writing the music and getting out there and working? You have to focus on what got you there.