Rapper 50 Cent has announced that he will lead boxer “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather into the ring during his WBC super welterweight championship fight against “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya on May 5.
The rapper (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) will perform his new song, “Straight To The Bank,” as he walks to the ring. It will be the very first time performing the track in front of a live audience.
“50 Cent is a great friend of mine and it means a lot to me to have him walk me in to the ring and debut his new song,” said Mayweather. “With this fight being the Super Bowl of boxing, the fans and celebrities coming out to the fight and everyone watching around the world will see the greatest show ever.”
“It will be great to walk Floyd to the ring for the biggest fight of his career,” added 50 cent. “Fans will get a taste of my new song and then Floyd is going to show the world why he is the best in the business.”
Mayweather, who is recognized as the “pound-for-pound” best fighter in the world, and 50 Cent have been friends for a while now, and were recently seen together in the premiere episode of HBO’s “De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7,” a four-part series currently running Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. on HBO, which takes an inside look at the fighters and their backgrounds, as they prepare for the fight.
The De La Hoya vs Mayweather fight is for the WBC super welterweight championship, and will take place on Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes and in 176 countries around the world.
In addition to leading Mayweather to the ring, 50 Cent is gearing up for the release of his third major label album, Curtis, which features guest appearances from Eminem, Akon, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls.
It is slated for release June 26.