MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer and politician Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is working together with rapper-entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, but it is unlikely that the two will team up to produce music.
50 Cent attended the press conference announcing Pacquiao’s December 8 bout against rival Juan Manuel Marquez, and later tweeted a picture with the Filipino boxer, saying “Big business moves.”
Pacquiao would later confirm that he was in talks with the rapper, who is also known for being close friends with unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In an interview with ESPN Playbook, Pacquiao shed more light on his relationship with 50 Cent.
“It’s just business,” he said. “50 Cent likes boxing, and I like music. That’s why we’re going to work together in a new boxing promotion company.”
But Pacquiao said he will most likely not collaborate on music with 50 Cent.
“I’m not going to be doing that (singing) again. We’re together for business. That’s it. I wouldn’t sing again,” he said.
Pacquiao has sung numerous times on American television, most notably on the ABC show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Pacquiao did say that he might consider singing “if the check clears.”
The boxer also emphasized that his relationship with 50 Cent has nothing to do with Mayweather.
“Nothing against his relationship with Floyd Mayweather. We’re talking about business,” Pacquiao said.
Earlier this year, 50 Cent created a boxing promotion company, named The Money Team (TMT) Promotions, which he said he will run with Mayweather.
The company seemed to have folded up, however, amid rumors of a rift between 50 Cent and Mayweather.