Mega Fight or Publicity Stunt? Chris Brown and Mike Tyson vs. Souljaboy and Floyd Mayweather
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Soulja Boy, the rapper that created US number one ‘Crank That’, is set to fight Chris Brown in a boxing match following a social media spat.
Still more absurdly Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is training Soulja Boy for the fight and promoting it as a pay-per-view event.
In the other corner 50 Cent, having sided with Chris Brown, called up Mike Tyson to secure him as Brown’s trainer. His attempt to ‘one up’ Soulja Boy may have come off, as it seems Tyson is willing to help in his training. According to Tyson Soulja Boy is going to get “fucked up” if he steps into the squared circle with Chris Brown, and 50 Cent is reportedly planning to place a $100,000 bet on a victory for Brown.
Between Brown and Mayweather’s records of domestic violence, Tyson’s rape conviction and Souljaboy’s multiple run-ins with the law, it is quite grating to think that the group are likely to profit from a (likely poor quality) boxing match resulting from an absurd argument on social media.
The argument began with Souljaboy leaving ‘heart eye’ emoticons on an Instagram picture of Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend. The rest is history and seems to make very little sense, escalating to the point that Brown suggested the boxing match so as to give Souljaboy what he called “a grown man beating”.
One note for consideration is that the argument and resulting fight may well be a publicity stunt for Mayweather’s promotional company Mayweather Promotions.
Without either of the two having had a professional bout and with the fight scheduled, according to Souljaboy, to take place as soon as March, the boxing isn’t likely to be of a particularly high standard. Conversely the amount of money being made by Mayweather and the pair may well be astronomical, especially with the fight likely to take place in Mayweather’s home town of Las Vegas.
Both have massive followings, as do 50 Cent, Mayweather and Tyson. If this is a publicity stunt, it will be a profitable one, but it may also be a poor advert for the sport of boxing.