No decision on Mayweather’s next opponent yet, says Ellerbe
By Chris Williams: Leonard Ellerbe, the adviser for Floyd Mayweather Jr., says they haven’t decided yet who will be Mayweather’s next opponent for next May as of yet. They’ve both heard the rumors that he’s going to be fighting Amir Khan next, but there’s absolutely no truth to the rumors because they haven’t yet sat down to decide who will be the one that will be standing across from Mayweather in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It could very well be Khan that ends up facing Mayweather next, but Ellerbe isn’t saying and he may not know. Ellerbe says that Mayweather is enjoying his time off right now from boxing after having made a huge payday against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight now, and he might not even be thinking about who will be next. Mayweather will need to make that decision in early 2014 so that Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime can start marketing the fight.
If it is Khan, they’re going to need to do a little more work pushing the fight because Khan doesn’t come with a fan base in the U.S and he’s not done well in the ring in the last two years when matched against good opposition. Khan lost against the only two good fighters he fought in Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, and then he beat an unknown lightweight named Carlos Molina [not to be confused with IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina with the same name] and a past his prime Julio Diaz.
Ellerbe told ESPN “We don’t know what we’re doing next. Floyd Mayweather is the topic of everyone’s conversations. I’ve heard things from we’re fighting Bernard Hopkins to Amir Khan. You hear a lot of things that people say and all you can do is sit back and laugh.”
There are a few other options for Mayweather to fight such as Devon Alexander, Danny Garcia, and the winner of the Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana fight. It might take some persuading for Mayweather to get Broner to agree to fighting him if he comes out on top against Maidana, because Broner is totally against the idea of him fighting Mayweather. He sees himself as taking over for Mayweather when he hangs up his gloves in the future, and he doesn’t want to face him. Garcia or Alexander might be better options for Mayweather than Khan because they come from the U.S. and they have their own local fan base.