Middleweight beltholder Peter Quillin could soon defend his WBO title against promotional stablemate Danny Jacobs.
Rapper 50 Cent to be a promoter?
Rapper 50 Cent has contacted super middleweight Andre Dirrell about a promotional deal and may also have his sights on a partnership with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A source familiar with the situation has confirmed that switch-hitting super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell is considering a promotional contract with rapper 50 Cent, who has obtained a license in New York, reportedly applied for one in Nevada and appears to have his sights on a partnership with his jailed friend, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Yahoo! Sports and Sports Illustrated first reported the developments with 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. The rapper's new company would be called TMT Promotions, with TMT being short for "The Money Team," according to the reports.
"They've been spotted together, so that's official," said the source, regarding Dirrell (20-1, 14 knockouts) and Jackson. "There is nothing official. But he's [Jackson] around, and there is business being discussed."
Mayweather's past six fights have been co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, whose CEO is Leonard Ellerbe.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Golden Boy never has signed Mayweather to a promotional contract. But since the fighter's company does not have a promoter's license, it paid Golden Boy a flat fee to promote Mayweather's bouts.
Mayweather is due to be released on Aug. 3.
Last month, Mayweather topped Forbes' list of its 100 highest paid athletes internationally for 2012, his $85 million for two fights trumping second-place boxing rival Manny Pacquiao with $62 million from earnings and endorsements.
This month, Mayweather was named the highest-paid American athlete for 2012 in Sports Illustrated's "Fortunate 50," ahead of golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods at Nos. 2 and 3.
"I'm very happy that one of the fighters we have a close relationship with has become the highest-paid athlete. That's well-done and well-deserved," Schaefer told RingTV.com at the time.
"This money has been generated by fans who like to watch his fights, and not like it is by a league which pays an athlete. This is about a guy who has the fans paying to see him fight. This just shows the tremendous popularity that Floyd Mayweather carries."
During an interview with BoxingScene.com, Schaefer expressed optimism about doing future business with Mayweather.
"I have a great relationship and friendship with Floyd ... The fact is, I think over the last couple of years or so, he's made $200 million dollars," said Schaefer.
"There have been certain people that reached out to us about Gamboa and I said 'no, I'm interested in signing the guy, he's with my friend 50,'" said Schaefer to BoxingScene.com.
"We're not going to go do that [to 50]. If this is a fight that 50, as Gamboa's promoter, is interested in doing, then let's talk about it."
Jackson has become a mainstay, if not the leader, in the entourage of Mayweather.
Prior to Mayweather's triumph over Miguel Cotto for the WBA's junior middleweight belt in May, Jackson joined the fighter in the ring, along with Justin Bieber, professional wrestler Triple H, rapper Lil Wayne, and Gamboa.
In the aftermath of Mayweather's victory over Cotto, which earned Mayweather a boxing record high guaranteed purse of $32 million, Jackson told RingTV.com that he would seriously consider making a professional debut on a future pay per view card were it headlined by Mayweather.
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