Rather than launching TMT (“The Money Team”) Promotions with “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr, 50 Cent applied for a matchmaking license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission under the banner of SMS Promotions on Wednesday.
“Floyd Mayweather’s name is not mentioned, and he has changed the name of the company to SMS Promotions,” said Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “We will have a big meeting in mid-November. Nothing is set. We probably won’t know the exact date until early November, but it will probably be around Nov. 15.”
The 37-year-old 50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III in South Jamaica, Queens, is already licensed with the New York State Athletic Commission.
50 Cent, a known abuser of steroids who started boxing as a preadolescent and progressed enough in the ring to fight in the Junior Olympics as an amateur in the mid-1980s, signed undefeated former WBA and IBF featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa and solid super middleweight contender “The Matrix” Andre Dirrell to promotional contracts in August.
The 29-year-old Dirrell (20-1, 14 knockouts), a southpaw who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the 30-year-old Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), who captured gold competing for Cuba at the same event, were the erstwhile crack dealer’s first recruits.
Upon being released early from jail for being a good “Pretty Boy,” many fans, onlookers and pundits had predicted Mayweather would work with 50 Cent and “The Money Team.”
Fortunately for the rapper, who survived being shot nine-times by Mike Tyson’s bodyguard, Darryl “Hommo” Baum in 2000, he will not be partnering with the obnoxious pugilist.
Expect 50 Cent and SMS Promotions to eventually become a powerful force in the world of prizefighting.
Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell are just the beginning of Curtis Jackson’s burgeoning boxing empire.by