50 Cent (left) stands alongside old friend Mayweather at a Las Vegas nightclub back in 2016
Conor McGregor (left) was involved in a ‘money-bout’ with Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor‘s mega-money boxing crossover bout with Floyd Mayweather was made possible by US rapper 50 Cent, according to UFC chief Dana White.
The August 2017 fight made headlines around the world, with Mayweather winning by a tenth-round TKO to take his record to 50-0, but it has now emerged that it wasn’t the usual boxing bosses who made the fight happen.
Instead, it was White’s chance meeting with legendary American rapper 50 Cent that set the ball in motion.
‘I felt the demand for McGregor vs Mayweather, felt it, I knew it would be big, so we started talking,’ White told ESPN. ‘I bumped into 50 Cent in New York, and he said, “Floyd wants to fight your boy.” I said, “My boy who?”
‘He’s like, “The Irish kid.” And I’m like, “He’ll kill him,” because I’m thinking MMA. He said, “We’ll box him.” I said, “You guys are crazy.”
‘Then once I started to really feel it, that’s when I started to take it serious, and I made an offer.’
Mayweather officially retired after the bout with McGregor, but has since returned for an exhibition fight with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at the end of 2018.
UFC supremo Dana White revealed the 50 Cent news in an interview with ESPN this week
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