The feud between pop superstars Chris Brown and Drake has garnered so much attention for the pair that a professional boxing promoter is now trying to get in on the action.
According to a report in today's New York Daily News, promoter Damon Feldman has offered Drake and Brown $1 million each to settle their ongoing dispute in a boxing ring. Feldman has also pledged an additional $1 million to charity if the fight takes place, with all the money guaranteed by Alki David, a billionaire bottling heir.
“Obviously they have a grudge. It’s just three 1-minute rounds. No one will get seriously hurt,” Feldman told the newspaper.
While a representative for Chris Brown claimed total ignorance of the offer, Feldman appears not to be blowing smoke with the offer. Plans for a three round fight have been tentatively made for August 25th in Las Vegas or Los Angeles, with a Pay-Per-View simulcast.
The whole idea stems from an incident June 4th at a Manhattan nightclub, where Drake allegedly taunted Brown and his assembled entourage about Brown's former girlfriend, the R&B singer Rihanna. Drake was also romantically linked to Rihanna for a time, and Brown was convicted of assaulting her in 2009.
The nightclub brawl left Chris Brown with a busted chin, while his friend, NBA player Tony Parker, suffered extensive damage to his left eye. Parker required surgery for the injury and may be unable to participate in this year's Summer Olympics.
Feldman, in a move widely considered to be insensitive to the plight of abused women, told The Daily News that he'd like to see Rihanna herself participate in the proposed boxing match.
"I would love to have Rihanna as the ring girl,” Feldman said.