Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s promotional company, says that Canelo Alvarez’s management put him at a “disadvantage” that the fighter would put his RING and WBC junior middleweight championships on the line at a catchweight against Mayweather, whom he will face on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay Per View.
Although Mayweather (44-0, 26 knockouts) will be facing a junior middleweight for the third time in his career in Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs), THE RING’s No. 1-rated pound-for-pound boxer will do so at a catchweight of 152 pounds.
“His management put out something on BoxingScene that they would be willing to fight at a catchweight. Now, because his management is inept, we take advantage of those kinds of things. Why would we go in a different direction?” said Ellerbe, whose assertion was made in the second episode of All Acess: Mayweagther vs. Canelo.
“They suggested it. Why would we say no to and do something different. They put him at a disadvantage. His management did that. It wasn’t that Floyd Mayweather asked for a catchweight, because, absolutely, that did not happen. I want to be clear and on the record for that. Floyd would have fought him, regardless. But his management put that out there, so, you have an idiot manager. That’s what it is.”
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