The biggest story in boxing this past weekend took place far from the sight of a ring as former business partners Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent engaged in a well-covered Twitter war.
The two men exchanged harsh criticism, with many speculating the move was nothing more than a publicity stunt aimed at bringing attention to their respective business ventures.
Yesterday, 50 Cent took to his Twitter and made an interesting claim, one which could be construed as an admission that the beef is a hoax or a subtle dig at Floyd Mayweather:
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
You can interpret the situation one of two ways using this tweet.
Was this really just a publicity stunt aimed at drumming up interest? Or was 50 Cent taking another shot by in essence claiming that Mayweather has been out of the news since his release from jail for battery?
A follow-up tweet may help answer the question, but then it also sparked a further storm:
Domestic violence is very serious my apologies,my grand mother said we need to stop playing I'm done sorry#SK
The mention of domestic violence apparently didn't sit well with Mayweather, who went to jail for battery against his ex-girlfriend over the summer.
And again 50 Cent took to his Twitter to drop two final Tweets on the subject These again drummed up the controversy he claimed he was done with:
He just called he mad I said something about domestic violence. He just want be in music. You ever hear him RAP?lol
But then the coup de grace:
He texting really trippin over the domestic violence tweet. It's true everybody know, he already did time for it. SMSAudio
Not exactly something one would tweet if they were genuinely interested in burying a beef.
In his defense, Mayweather's Twitter has been silent on this subject the last few days. So who knows if this is 50 Cent stirring the pot or if it reflects genuine animosity between the two.
One thing is for certain, this started out being funny, but it's getting tired quick.
Whether it's a dramatic publicity stunt, real drama or something in between, it's not doing either guy any favors. It'd be a good idea for 50 Cent to focus his attention on his fighters, of whom he has several good ones and for Floyd Mayweather to get back where he belongs —a boxing ring.
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