50 Cent-Floyd Twitter war a publicity stunt?
MANILA, Philippines – Rapper-promoter Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson claims his "Twitter war" with unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. last week was a mere publicity stunt to draw attention to the pound-for-pound king.
Jackson and Mayweather created controversy last week when they supposedly ended their friendship and business relationship, then proceeded to engage in a Twitter tussle.
Jackson claimed he "can't hang out with Floyd no more, I'm tired of running from (Filipino fighter) Manny Pacquiao."
Mayweather responded by calling Jackson "a male boxing groupie."
The two also cut their business relationship, putting an end to "The Money Team Promotions," a start-up promotional company that they were supposed to run together. The rapper then announced that he has created a new company, SMS Promotions.
But in a series of tweets last November 5, Jackson revealed that he and Mayweather concocted the Twitter beef to generate interest.
"I'm sick of all this nonsense. Floyd asked me to act like we’re fighting because no one was paying attention after his 60 days," Jackson said, referring to Mayweather's incarceration earlier this year.
"I know some thing we do in hip-hop for shock value are wrong. He just wanted some attention, Floyd is like a brother to me," he added.
Jackson apologized for involving Mayweather’s jail issue, saying, "Domestic violence is very serious, my apologies. My grandmother said we need to stop playing. I'm done, sorry."
Mayweather was sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to a 2010 domestic violence charge.
Jackson later tweeted that Mayweather was angry with him for mentioning the domestic violence issue.
"He (Mayweather) texting, really trippin' over the domestic violence tweet. It’s true, everybody know, he already did time for it," he said.
Mayweather has not fought since out-pointing Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds last May 5. He was incarcerated soon after that fight and has kept mostly silent since being released.
Told by a follower that if Mayweather "wants attention, then he should get in the ring," Jackson only replied, "You're right."
Mayweather has not replied to Jackson's latest tweets.