Interestingly enough, prior to the heated beef between the two, 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather were actually friends! The two had plenty in common, and 50 would come out to show support for Mayweather’s fights. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, 50 Cent recalled that the two bonded over having traumatic pasts and the fact that Mayweather “has a passion for music.” In classic 50 Cent fashion, however, he backhandedly called Mayweather “insecure.”
The trouble began following Mayweather’s 90-day stint in jail for battery domestic violence (per Insider) in 2011 which saw the boxer handing over his business, TMT Promotions, to 50 Cent to manage. During Mayweather’s time in jail, the business-savvy rapper applied for a boxing promotions license in Nevada (which was ultimately granted, per ESPN), before he claimed Mayweather slighted him out of $2 million. In an interview with Power 106, 50 Cent “realized there is no Mayweather Promotions. There’s no LLC. There’s no seal. It’s not incorporated,” implying Mayweather “wants me to put it together for him.”
After 50 Cent sunk his own money in and got the company started up, he began noticing Mayweather’s frivolous spending habits — including buying $300,000 chains and a Lamborghini. “I’m sitting there going, ‘When you gonna give me the money… when you gonna give me your half of the money back?’ But, I ain’t trying to press him because he just got out of jail,” the rapper told the outlet.