Floyd Mayweather Jr. is coming to Britain, according to his business advisor Leonard Ellerbe – firstly on a major promotional tour of the country, then, all being well, for a massive title fight.
Ellerbe, talking on Box Nation TV, revealed that the plan to bring Mayweather, No. 1 in THE RING’s pound-for-pound ratings, to the UK will happen in two stages over the next 18 months to two years, and will enable the richest man in the sport to tap into his enormous fan base across the other side of the Atlantic.
“We cannot wait until he comes over there and gives the UK a big, big fight,” said Ellerbe ahead of Mayweather’s defense of his WBC welterweight belt against Robert Guerrero on Saturday at the MGM in Las Vegas. “Initially, he is going to come over there and do some stuff. I’m talking to a couple of people now and they are giving me some options.
“Floyd is definitely coming to the UK. They’re his biggest and best fans. He has had this love-affair with UK fans ever since the Ricky Hatton fight in 2007. They have been so very loyal, Floyd recognises that and that’s why he wants to come to the UK.”
On the chances of that individual tour blossoming into a title fight on English soil, Ellerbe is positive, although understandably cautious, not wanting to look too far down the road with Mayweather-Guerrero looming large.
“There’s definitely a strong possibility of that but we still have to see how it plays out,” said the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “The focus is on Saturday night but definitely we’re bringing a big event to the UK.
“As I said, we can’t say enough about the UK fans and Floyd’s loyal supporters and the way they have taken him to their hearts. No matter what he does or wherever he goes, he will always have the UK fans and that’s a great feeling for him.”
Meanwhile, Ellerbe has confirmed that 36-year-old Mayweather, aka ‘Money’, who recently signed a six-fight deal with Showtime, is well en route to becoming boxing’s first billion dollar pay-per-view star.
“No doubt about that,” said Ellerbe to Box Nation presenter Steve Bunce. “We’re into the six hundred millions now. So, it’s very true. But it’s not always about the money. Floyd loves what he does, he loves the sport and he loves to entertain.”