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Rap star, 50 Cent, bets $1.6 million on Mayweather

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mayweatherMoney seems to domi­nate all talk of the May 2 fight between Philippines star Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American Floyd Mayweather.

Curtis Jackson, the rap music star better known as 50 Cent, says he will bet $US1.6 million ($A2.06 million) on pal Floyd Mayweather to beat Manny Pacquiao in their May boxing showdown.

The much-anticipated bout will be staged May 2 in Las Vegas and could be the richest payday in boxing history for unde­feated Mayweather.

“Champ is going to do it. He’s going to smoke him,” Jackson told radio station Power 105.1. “It’s go­ing to look like he pumped up for no reason.”

Asked if he would back up his confidence with a bet, Jackson replied, “Probably like 1.6 (million). I’ve been thinking this out. I’m going to make a real bet. He’s focused right now.”

Jackson last year taunted May­weather’s reading ability after a radio station aired audio of the fighter strug­gling to read a promotion transcript. He challenged the US fighter to read a page from a Harry Potter book in ex­change for a $US750,000 ($A965,000) donation by Jackson to charity.

Mayweather responded with a Twit­ter posting featuring a photo of two massive cheques saying, “Read this $72,276,000.00 God bless.”

Jackson compared his spats with Mayweather to a married couple tak­ing out frustrations over other things on each other.

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