Headed by both rapper 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather in a joint venture, TMT has already signed a pair of former Olympians as previously reported by this website. Now the IBF featherweight champion and the two other fighters (Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Direll) have an incredible chance to increase their visibility and marketability with the move.
Mayweather (43-0, 26KOs), who’s being released from prison on August 3rd, has been organizing TMT promotions with Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) from behind bars. Their hopes are to change the current systems in place within the sport of boxing for the fighters’ benefit. He also is scheduled to headline their first TMT sponsored main event.
“We want to change boxing…the goal initally is to create a company by fighters, for the fighters, which breaks the traditional vibe of promoters taking advantage of fighters.” Mister Cent opined on his own website thisis50.com “We want to put on cards where there are five main event fights, where there is entertainment from start to finish, cards that command attention all over the world.”
Typical promoter jargon, but it appears that this will be a solid effort backed by people with the cash to realize their vision.
Now Dib, the IBF featherweight champion of the world will likely find himself in a much more lucrative situation than he was in previously. In fact, there is already a good percentage of casual fans who know of him just because of his move to sign with The Money Team. Perhaps Dib will be primed to land the bigger, more profitable fights at the 126 pound limit that he may not have been in position to secure without his recent affiliation with TMT.
“50 Cent has showed us a lot of respect and love on his trip over to America and nothing but positive things have come out of this trip so far,” Dib told Fox Sports “I just feel blessed to be chosen by this group to come out and represent Australia on the world stage.”
The move to align himself with such high profile figures like Mayweather and 50 Cent can forseeably only be a benefit for the 26-year old “Kid” from Sydney. Billy “The Kid” Dib is ranked number 10 in the featherweight division by The Boxing Tribune.