Entertainment mogul-turned-boxing promoter 50 Cent will debut his star pugilist, Yuriorkis Gamboa, tonight in the undercard of the mega fight with Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
Gamboa, an undefeated former Olympian, represents a cornerstone of 50′s entry into the sport, but the Cuban-bred boxer is heavily favored over his opponent Michael Farenas this evening.
In fact, after AllHipHop.com asked, 50 said that he’d be willing to put Gamboa up against emerging super star Adrien Broner in the Super lightweight division (140-pound).
“I would [put Gamboa against Broner]. Gamboa’s next fight, he’ll probably move up to 135. That’s exciting, right? That what people want to see, right?,” 50 told AllHipHop.com about a potential bout with Broner.
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Moreover, 50 Cent – through his SMS Promotions – said that he wants to match boxers in the ring that will entertain the masses as well as boxing enthusiasts.
“I want to make the fights that fight fans really want to see without the running and dipping and dodging.” the newly anointed promoter said, addressing a criticism of the sport. “If you got the best talent, and as long as the dollar amount is correct, I go back and talk to Gamboa and he’ll say we’ll fight.”
Broner has been compared to champion Floyd Mayweather, but mostly regarded as a future major attraction to boxing for his braggadocios ways and flamboyant style.
50 Cent continued: “Based on his last performance, [Broner] is going to be the face [of boxing] or the future of the actual sport in some way. He’s a talented fighter and [Broner vs. Gamboa] is something that everybody would like to see, right? That’s what I want to do. I don’t want to do the thing that the promoters do when they don’t want to make the real events happen. That’s what happens when you promote fighters like Gamboa. People pull out [ the fight] when they realize what they are up against.”
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Right now, Gamboa represents in the 130 division, and has a record of 21-0-0 with 16 KOs.
50 Cent recently received his promoter’s license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and has signed four fighters, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Andre Dirrell, Billy Dib and Celestino Caballero. Initially, a promotion s venture was a with Floyd Mayweather, but the pair were unable to continue with the business.
The Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao will play live tonight on HBO Pay-per-view from Las Vegas.