Once close friends, undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper 50 Cent have spent the last several months trading insults on social media for reasons that have never been adequately explained. But the rivals appear to have settled their beef ahead of Mayweather’s match against Manny Pacquiao, if a recent 50 Cent Instagram post was any indication.
“THE original MONEY TEAM, you gotta love it. My brother ready, May 2 don’t get scared now,” 50 Cent wrote on Instagram, in a reference to his one-time membership in Mayweather’s “Money Team” entourage. The post included a photo of 50 Cent and Mayweather together in Las Vegas, where the boxer’s fight against Pacquiao will be held.
It was the latest evidence that 50 Cent and Mayweather have repaired their friendship. The rapper predicted last month that Mayweather would defeat Pacquiao in their long-awaited bout and said he planned to bet more than $1 million on that outcome.
“I got champ, champ gonna smoke him,” 50 Cent told New York-based radio station Power 105.1’s “Breakfast Club” morning show. “It’s gonna look like [the fight] was pumped up for no reason.”
Mayweather and 50 Cent talked at a Chris Brown concert in February for the first time in “a while,” the rapper added. Prior to that, the former friends had bashed each other on social media on numerous occasions. Neither side gave a definitive reason for the disagreement, though Mayweather’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., said the feud stemmed from Mayweather’s decision to stop hanging out with 50 Cent. Tensions between the two reached an all-time high last August, when 50 Cent said he would donate $750,000 to charity if Mayweather was able to read a single page of a “Harry Potter” book.
Mayweather and Pacquiao will fight May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It’s unclear if 50 Cent will attend the bout.