By Maurice Bobb
There’s making an entrance and then there’s making an entrance–50 Cent did the latter Saturday night (December 8) when he descended from the rafters in MGM Grand arena into the ring on a Cirque du Soleil wire, while performing his latest Adam Levine and Eminem-assisted single, “My Life.”
50’s grand entrance set the stage for the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Marquez welterweight fight in which his fighter, former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Yuriorkis Gamboa, defeated Michael Farenas of the Philippines for the interim WBA junior lightweight championship. Gamboa’s unanimous 12-round decision over Farenas gave the Street King Immortal MC a victory in his debut as a boxing promoter.
This was Fif’s first fight in Vegas as a boxing promoter after the Nevada State Athletic Commission approved his license to promote boxing under his company, SMS Promotions, last month with a 5-0 vote at its monthly meeting. The Queens native initially applied for a license under the TMT umbrella, but after longtime friend and business partner Floyd Mayweather did not provide his share of the money he promised to the company, the “New Day” MC reapplied for the license under his own imprint.
According to reports, 50 paid $1 million for the contract to promote Gamboa for the fight. Money well spent considering the outcome.
The biggest draw of the night—Pacquiao vs. Marquez—did not disappoint, either. After three fights between the two, the fourth was the one that shook the world. Marquez landed a “lights out” right to Pacquiao’s grill in the sixth round that crumbled him to the canvas. Pac Man needed smelling salts to awake from his slumber and a trip to the hospital for a CAT scan. Meanwhile, the Twitterverse dispatched copious Photoshop memes making fun of the Filipino’s demise.
There was a photo of him lying face down in a child’s racecar bed, there was one with Simba superimposed in the picture trying furiously to resuscitate the fighter and still another with Hulk Hogan doing his patented leg drop on the fighter as he lie face down on the canvas.
Additionally, although Mitt Romeny was in attendance and did meet with Pacquiao before the fight, there is no proof that the former presidential candidate’s presence jinxed the fighter in any way.