Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays a tough guy in the movie “Den of Thieves,” which premieres on Jan. 19. But then again, pretty much everyone in the action/caper movie plays a tough guy.
The rapper/actor/businessman also plays a tough guy in real life, though, as evidenced by his claim that he could take mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in a street fight.
Hmm. Jackson first made the claim in September. He did not back down on Monday when asked during an interview to promote “Den of Thieves” whether he still feels that way.
“Right now,” Jackson said, accepting the challenge. “When he’s at 154 pounds? (McGregor weighed in at 153 for a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August.) I’m 225 right now!
“They don’t understand this is heavyweight [expletive] going on around here. I hit them, they see a white light. They hear a message. Slow down, boy. They think Jesus is talking to them.”
Jackson indeed is significantly bigger than McGregor, and he boxed in his youth. But he also is 42 to McGregor’s 29, and he is not a professional fighter. McGregor is the reigning UFC lightweight champion and also won the featherweight title before having to vacate it.
That would not matter in a battle “outside the confinements of the sport,” Jackson said. “If you got into a [street] fight, it’s a different thing.”