The formation of TMT promotions, fronted by rapper Curtis Jackson (50 Cent), has a lot of people excited within the boxing fraternity. Many are pointing to the fact that the removal of Golden Boy from Floyd Mayweathers remit, and his apparent new allegiance with TMT, could prove to be vital in setting up any potential blockbuster fight between the American and Filipino megastar Manny Pacquiao. But with any new promotional group, it is not an easy task breaking into a sport which is dominated and run by the big boys like Top Rank and Oscar De la Hoya’s outfit.
TMT have signed quite a lot of talent since cropping up a few weeks back. Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell are the biggest names on a relatively big roster, also including the likes of Zab Judah, Celestino Caballero and the Australian Billy Dib. There of course lacks a huge name, one which would provide the outfit, fronted by Jackson, with a marquee name to make the rivals stand up and take notice.
One fighter who would fit that bill, and who has been approached, is the Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto. Mayweather of course duelled with Cotto in a thoroughly entertaining fight earlier this year, one which was the three-division world champions first outing as a free agent since leaving Bob Arum’s Top Rank.
Unfortunately for Jackson and Mayweather, Cotto decided to stay as a free agent, a position he feels will benefit him more as he approaches the tail end of a superb career in the professional ranks. TMT is an exciting development in world boxing and will no doubt acquire more quality talent before the year is out, but without the likes of a Cotto the outfit will lack credibility compared to the likes of Top Rank who boast big names in Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez, and Golden Boy who boast the likes of Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz. Unless Floyd Mayweather himself fights under the TMT banner, then it could a long and hard search for an elite name to join the ranks.