When Boxing and Hip-Hop Collide


    I am a fan of Lil Wayne, Lil Weezy, Weezy F. Baby (don’t forget the Baby), or any other moniker he wishes to go by and as a fan I feel it is my duty as a boxing fan to let him know when he is out of his element.

    If you haven’t heard by now, there was a “non-issue” issue following the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana welterweight title fight on Saturday. Even though Maidana lost a 12 round majority decision, he did things in the ring that far surpassed anyone’s expectations (no matter what they’re saying days after the fight) and actually found ways to touch Mayweather with punches manifested from bad intentions.

    If that wasn’t enough — and it should’ve been — there was more drama yet to come as only moments after the fight was concluded, a skirmish transpired between rapper Lil Wayne and members of Maidana’s camp, or Robert Garcia’s camp, it’s not really clear from the video captured. TMZ reports that the situation was provoked after Weezy was hit with a flying water bottle, and apparently the Young Money boss thought it came from someone in Maidana’s camp.

    So now you’re caught up, what should we take from this? If absolutely nothing is your answer, then you’re right. But I feel like Wayne needs to understand something before September rolls around, and should he find himself in a similar situation.

    First, if history teaches us anything it’s that nothing good comes from rappers fighting at the MGM on the night of the big fight. If rule one in the rapper handbook is never marry Robin Givens, rule two should be never succumb to fisticuffs on the night of the big fight (amdt: especially with those who make a living in a boxing gym).

    But rappers are a prideful bunch and they spend most of their career hyping themselves up through verse or song, so much so that they start to believe it. While most rappers come from harsh surroundings, the ones that make it big eventually remove themselves from their humble beginnings and are forced to overcompensate when times like these transpire.

    I respect what Lil Wayne has done in Hip Hop and the way he’s transcended the scene to a more global brand, but he is kidding himself thinking he had any business in a scuffle with a boxing crew.

    There is an underlining point I’m trying to make here and it is in regards to the atmosphere at Mayweather-Maidana. Not too long ago, mega events in boxing attracted all the A-list Hollywood types. However, the Mayweather movement has shifted that landscape, evident by the Hip Hop royalty that were present to witness “The Moment.”

    Perhaps the Hip Hop crowd raised Wayne’s comfort level, maybe it was the familiar feeling of walking Mayweather out to the ring — it was his 3rd consecutive time doing so — or maybe it was the closeness of the fight between Mayweather and Maidana that attributed to Weezy’s spike in testosterone and adrenaline.

    Either way, nothing excuses Wayne’s overdramatic antics. I can understand why he was upset and I don’t blame him because the practice of escorting camps back to the dressing room falls squarely on the shoulders of the MGM coordinating team.

    I am a Hip Hop fan and I for one am excited to see the likes of Rick Ross, 2-Chainz, and French Montana at a boxing event simultaneously. But if these are the shenanigans we can expect to see when giving these guys a little wiggle room, then they can stay watching at home because Lil Wayne versus almost anyone in Maidana/Garcia’s camp is not a good look, nor would it end with Wayne as the victor.

    I guess for whatever it is worth, I would rather see Lil Wayne get knocked out following a Robert Garcia check hook then forced to watch the clown circus entrance. Truth told, neither is very appealing.