Rapper 50 Cent recently spoke about his boxing venture and how it is different to his music career.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson in real life, has been involved with the sport for a number of years already. He began with an idea of establishing a promotional company with former friend Floyd Mayweather Jr., back when “Money” was in jail in 2012 for domestic violence charges.
But after Floyd Mayweather severed ties with the rapper, 50 Cent’s boxing venture encountered a major roadblock, forcing to handle upcoming fighters like Yuriorkis Gamboa and Billy Dib with no prior experience.
Two years after, 50 Cent’s boxing involvement seems to have bore fruit, as the rapper makes his mark as a promoter for lightweight contender Terence Crawford as he gears up for a fight on June 28 under HBO.
Recently, 50 Cent spoke to about his involvement in the sport and how his career as a musician is way diverse from it.
“The difference between the sport of boxing and music culture is how much you can actually charge for the ticket,” he explained. “Because the sporting event is a one-off event. We sing the same music over and over and the ticket price value can’t be the same as a one-time, one-off event.”
But for rapper 50 Cent, boxing and hip-hop music also works hand in hand, one way or another.
“What’s playing in the actual gym when they’re actually training, it’s what’s in the headset when they are out running,” he explained. So the professional athlete, generally they have passion for music in different ways.”
50 Cent’s boxing background may not be decorated enough, but he has had the good amount of experience being a former amateur boxer. This made him criticize fighters today, due to their lack of “energy.”
“Fighters don’t have the same energy as they had in the past,” he said. “[Back then] they created the intensity that made you not want to miss the show no matter what. It wasn’t as transparent.”
“The sport wasn’t as visible to the public, where they’d see the actual fighter choose the opponent versus them fighting whoever wanted it,” he added.