Floyd Mayweather will be released from jail on Friday. Will he make an announcement about involvement in 50 Cent's TMT Promotions? (Photo by Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE)
Floyd Mayweather will be released early from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, after serving about two months of a 90-day sentence in his domestic violence case. Mayweather will be set free on August 3.
This isn't particularly big news in that he's leaving early, because lots of short-term inmates leave jails early. It's news for the boxing world, though, because it means Mayweather could fight again late this year if he's comfortable with his conditioning and wants to get into the ring.
And apart from even getting himself back into action, it means we'll probably hear something soon regarding Mayweather's involvement -- or non-involvement, if that's the case, but no one thinks that's the case right now -- in 50 Cent's new TMT Promotions, which has dominated boxing headlines in the last couple of weeks without so much as putting on a show to date.
If Mayweather does wind up going with TMT, likely as a partner of some sort and the star attraction for the new company, it will be a big shift in the major boxing landscape in the United States. Currently, Top Rank and Golden Boy pretty much own the market, but Mayweather would instantly legitimize the upstart, just as De La Hoya did when he started GBP over a decade ago.
At the time, Oscar's company was predicted to fail gloriously. But it has been a great success and turned into a superpower in the boxing world, in large part thanks to Richard Schaefer and some good boxing people on their staff, plus Oscar's undeniable pull in getting fighters to sign there.
We know now that that model can work and make big money. Mayweather could be the next fighter to do it. Like Oscar was at the time, Floyd is the biggest star in the sport right now in many ways, and he also has a young generation of fighters that hold him up on a major pedestal and look up to him. That's what I'm looking forward to finding out now that Floyd will be available to comment: Is TMT going to be an instant major league player? If Floyd's in, then the answer is yes.