Mayweather advisor doesn't bite his tongue

By G. Leon


Mayweather advisor doesn't bite his tongue


GL: It's been a while since you've been on the record. What's the latest Leonard? Following Miguel Cotto's victory over Zab Judah, Mayweather-Cotto seems to be on the tip of many boxing fans tongues. "First of all it was a very exciting fight and Cotto is a good young fighter, but he's not even in the same stratosphere in Floyd Mayweather. I thought the fight was a fight of the year candidate and it was very exciting. I think Cotto did what he had to do and I think Zab was at a disadvantage coming in because he had been off for over a year while Cotto was keeping busy. That takes nothing away from Cotto because he did a great job but I have a great deal of respect for the performance that Zab put up. He showed that he's a true warrior with a tremendous heart."

GL: Zab told me he feels the low blows played a major role in hindering his performance. How do you feel about that?

Leonard Ellerbe: "I do think that the low blows took a lot out of him, but I don't think it was the deciding factor in the fight. I think Zab being off for so long would have a made a big difference. If Zab would have gotten a real tune up in he would have knocked Cotto out early. That was evidenced with how he hurt him in the early rounds."

GL: Floyd has been on a couple of chats recently and he's made it clear that he will stay retired unless a De La Hoya rematch gets made. How do you feel about his position and should he be making fights with Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto?

LE: "Floyd is definitely officially retired. We are currently taking the Mayweather brand to another level. We're currently promoting Beyonce's tour. Our first date is August 17 in Detroit. Floyd also has his own beverage coming out very soon. We have Mayweather promotions and that will be lauching very soon. We've also got a couple of movie deals on the table that we're currently looking at outside of boxing."

GL: As Floyd's advisor would you advise him to retire after winning the biggest fight of his career? Do you think that's in his best fiscal interest?

LE: "That's Floyd's decision because he's the only one who has to get up and get into the ring to do what he does. He's accomplised everything he's set out to accomplish and I stand by him 100%. Nobody understands what a fighter has to go through after putting so many years into the sport. Only a fighter can tell you, so I support him 100%."

GL: As retired as Floyd is, if Shane Mosley were willing to make a fight according to Team Mayweather's terms, is there any chance that fights takes place?

LE: "Floyd is currently retired. It's funny all of a sudden how Shane Mosley wants to come to the table now. Floyd's been saying it, he could have stepped up to the plate in November but he didn't want to fight me. Now he wants to fight Floyd because there's nowhere else for him to make any real money. He took a fight in February for less than $2M after turning down way more than that to fight Floyd in November so we don't know what his problem is. He had a toothache before and now it's too late. What he should have been doing is listening to Oscar and Richard."

GL: If Floyd is retired why would he fight Oscar again?

LE: "Before Floyd officially said he was retired, he said Oscar De La Hoya would be his last opponent and he stands by that. What sense does it make to fight anybody else? It doesn't get any bigger than the Pretty Boy vs. The Golden Boy.

GL: As a businessman I understand the logic of the De La Hoya rematch, but the die hard fans who email Boxingtalk seem to want to see Mayweather add Mosley, Cotto and MArgarito to his ledger before retiring.

LE: What those guys need to do is fight each other. Floyd's legacy is already cemented. He's got six titles in five weight divisions in less than nine years. What other fighter has done that while remaining undefeated?


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