Earlier this week, r&b singer Chris Brown and rapper Soulja Boy entered an online feud after Brown reportedly became angry after Soulja Boy ‘liked’ Karrueche Tran’s photo. Tran, of course is Brown’s ex-girlfriend.
After the two combated in a series of tweets and instagram posts, Soulja Boy later apologized. Then enters retired boxer Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather, now retired, decided he’d like to promote the fight and posted a photo of both Brown and Soulja with the Mayweather insignia on smack-dab on the photo.
Soulja Boy reposted the photo on instagram with a caption that read: “It’s going down! Signed my contract I’m leaving the fight with $1,000,000 I got the best ever my big bro @floydmayweather training me damn—— #TMT #SODMG March in Vegas !! On TV.”
They often say history finds a way of repeating itself.
According to retired NBA player, Tim Thomas, Mayweather offered to promote a fight in 2004 after he and Kenyon Martin got into a war of words during the NBA Playoffs. Thomas, a New York Knick at the time, and Martin, then a member of the then-New Jersey Nets got into it following a flagrant foul via Jason Collins caused Thomas to have a serious back injury and miss the remainder of the NBA Playoffs. After Thomas was released from the hospital, he expressed his frustration to the New York media, telling reporters that he would be looking to hit someone back when he returned to the court. When pressed by a writer on his stance on Kenyon Martin, Thomas replied: that Martin was a “fugazi,” a term popularized by former HBO original program The Sopranos which means ‘fake.’
Martin would respond by cutting out the New York Post’s headline that read “Whiny Tim” and taped it to his practice jersey for all the media to see.
Years later Martin and Thomas’ feud never died and the two have gone on to relive it in recent interviews.
In a recent interview with me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast last year, Thomas said that he was approached by Mayweather but the bout never seemed to happen. Thomas insists that he’d like to step into the ring and box Kenyon Martin with the proceeds going to a charity of Martin’s choosing.“Brother let’s get in the ring,” Thomas told me.
“Let’s get in the ring! I know you got some charities you can send the money to. I’ve got plenty of kids to help out, plenty of organizations. We could give it to charity. Or we can get some boxing promoters. I can call Floyd and we can get this off my chest once and for all. And the world will see what type of individual he is all at one time.”