Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) President Oscar de la Hoya said unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has an edge over eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather is currently fighting under the umbrella of GBP.
De la Hoya fought Mayweather in 2007 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the most lucrative boxing match ever, generating over $120 million in revenue, losing to the American via split decision.
In 2008, Pacquiao and de la Hoya faced each other in the ring with the Filipino boxing star winning via 8th round technical knockout. After his devastating loss to Pacquiao, de la Hoya retired from professional boxing.
“I think stylistically, Mayweather has the upper hand because of the fact that he’s faster and that he’s more precise,” De La Hoya told Boxing Scene.
“Pacquiao, he’s a machine. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a tremendous fighter. It would be a tremendous fight,” he added. “But I would give the edge to Mayweather.”
The GBP owner has been trying to sustain the increasing clamor for a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, hoping his company will be the key promoter of what appears to be the biggest fight in boxing history.
But a few days after his comment about Mayweather having an edge over Pacquiao, Mayweather's partner and top rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson in real life) has talked about his plan to have Mayweather as his mainstay in his newly organized TMT (The Money Team)Promotions.
According to USA Today, 50 Cent has already secured a business license in New York and is presently awaiting another license from the State of Nevada.
TMT Promotions will feature Mayweather as its lead fighter, along with Cuban exile Yuriorkis Gamboa and possibly middleweight Andre Dirrell.
Mayweather, who is serving a 90-day jail term for domestic violence, is reportedly leaving Golden Boy Promotions when he gets out of prison next month.
Although there is no formal arrangement between Mayweather's own promotional outfit and Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), the unbeaten champion has been co-promoted by GBP in his last six fights.
It is common knowledge in the boxing community that Mayweather and GBP's head, Oscar De La Hoya, have not been on good terms for various reasons.
50 Cent and De La Hoya had a brief encounter on Twitter Wednesday night about the reported plan of Mayweather moving over to 50 Cent's new promotional outfit.
It appears de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions is losing Mayweather to the popular rapper whose TMT Promotions is about to be handed a license to stage a fight in Nevada.