Ellerbe: Mayweather could beat anyone from 140 to 160
By Allan Fox: Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, feels there’s no one from 140 to 160 that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn’t beat during his six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS. Ellerbe believes Mayweather can beat anyone in those divisions.
However, that doesn’t mean he’s going to be fighting guys in all of those weight classes, he says. It’s just that he thinks Mayweather in theory COULD beat all of them. Mayweather will be fighting a welterweight in his first fight with Showtime on May 4th against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ellerbe said to Yahoo Sports News “Floyd could beat any of them guys, from 140 to 147 and from 154 to 160. I didn’t say he was fighting at , just that he could beat all them guys in those weights. We’ll see what he chooses to do.”
It’s hard to imagine Mayweather beating the top fighters at 154 like Austin Trout and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. If all you have to go by is how Mayweather looked in his last fight against Miguel Cotto last May, then I would say Mayweather might have a 50-50 chance at beating Canelo and Trout, no more than that. Those would be really tough fights for him, and he’d have to show a lot more against them than he did in his fight with Cotto.
As for Mayweather beating the best middleweights in the division like Gennady Golovkin, Sergio Martinez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Peter Quillin, I don’t think he can beat all of them. Mayweather might be able to beat Quillin, Felix Sturm and Daniel Geale, but I believe Martinez, Golovkin and Chavez Jr. would have too much size and power for him.
Those fights would really age Mayweather if he took them, and it’s doubtful he’d want to get in the ring with any of them. The only one that he could possibly face is Sergio Martinez, but even that fight would likely involve a catch-weight or Martinez having to drain down to 154 to make it happen.
Mayweather has six fights with Showtime/CBS that he needs to get out of the way within 30 months. It’s unknown what weight Mayweather will end up at by the time he finishes his contract, but it’s certainly possible he could finish the 6th fight by fighting at middleweight. The contract is expected to take Mayweather to the end of his career or at least to the end of his prime. Mayweather turns 36 on Sunday, so he’ll be close to 39 by the time he finishes the six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS. As long as the contract is guaranteed, Mayweather is set to make a reported $250 million in those six fights.