News | Sep 11 2014

Leonard Ellerbe: Make the most of Floyd Mayweather because we’ll miss him when he’s gone

Matt Christie listens to Ellerbe, Stephen Espinoza, and Eric Gomez sing Mayweather's praises
WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. speaks during a news conference with Marcos Maidana of Argentina at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas  |  WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. speaks during a news conference with Marcos Maidana (2nd R) of Argentina at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nevada September 10, 2014. Mayweather will defend his titles, including his WBC jr. middleweight title, against Maidana in a rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BOXING)

FLOYD MAYWEATHER is not getting the credit he deserves according to Mayweather Promotions chief-executive, Leonard Ellerbe, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza, and Golden Boy’s Eric Gomez.

The 37-year-old has been a world class fighter for 16 years, and has racked up a tremendous 46-0 unbeaten record as a professional. Multiple world titles have been claimed in five weight classes, and in recent years, he has grossed more than any other athlete in sport. Even if massive underdog Marcos Maidana flattens Floyd in Saturday’s rematch, the American is a cert to make it into the Hall of Fame. The statistics should speak for themselves, but like anyone at the very pinnacle of their trade, Mayweather receives as much abuse as he does praise.

“He is the face of boxing,” said Ellerbe. “But he wears a target on his back. When you have been at the top for so many years, people are gunning for you, whatever you do, whatever you say.

 

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