It's a story as old as the hills: two friends become estranged, engage in a volley of disparaging language, and involve other people. Everything gradually gets uglier and more awkward. The 50 Cent versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is unique for the sheer breadth of the drama - they pepper their verbal spars with outrageous claims.
What started the feud between 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr.? It's not entirely clear, but over the years, casually traded public barbs evolved into more pointed, hurtful claims and accusations.
In 2007 and 2008, 50 Cent attended two of Mayweather's high-profile fights. They were on friendly terms at the time, which is evident since they decided to create the Mayweather Productions media company together. They jointly announced their venture at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Mayweather said:
We're going to do what we normally do, sit in a room and brainstorm - and try to come up with new ideas... you know, outside the box. Be creative, and just work together and try to be positive. That's the main thing. It's about working hard, being positive, and working together.
In 2012, the men formed The Money Team boxing promotion company, too.
TMT IS OVER the money team is no longer a team. So it SMS promotions that's it thats all.SMSaudio— 50cent (@50cent) November 1, 2012
Mayweather and 50 Cent couldn't separate their business and personal relationships - Mayweather backed out of the partnerships in 2012, costing 50 Cent about $2 million. Shortly after, 50 joined forces with Mayweather's rival, Manny Pacquiao, and formed a new boxing promotion company.
Men lie.. women lie numbers don't lie. Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Kanye please help this boy pic.twitter.com/C90vrO5q— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) November 3, 2012
In late 2012, 50 Cent and Mayweather took their feud to Twitter. The rapper taunted Mayweather; Mayweather accused 50 of lying; 50 responded. The drama lasted for weeks.
Mayweather acknowledged his falling-out with 50 Cent in 2013. However, in an interview with the Huffington Post, the boxer insisted nothing personal happened. He claimed the business partnership flopped, sharing:
It’s just that in business, I felt like I handled it like a gentleman. We didn’t see eye-to-eye on business. I couldn't give nobody half of my empire, but it’s no hard feelings.