Mayweather: Ellerbe and I are outgrowing each other, I am changing my team
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Raj Parmar: Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather has stated that he plans to restructure his entire Mayweather Promotions team by his next fight in May 2015. He directly spoke about some existing tension between him and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who has also been a long time friend of Mayweather’s.
“Leonard, I think we’re just getting to a point where we’re outgrowing each other. I think I just see things my way and I think he sees things in another way,” Floyd stated to fighthype.com, “For example, this time around when I went out and fought, my WBC and WBA titles in both weight classes were on the line and I didn’t approve of that at all. Also, my daughter was sitting in the front row and her mother wasn’t sitting next to her, so the ticket arrangements were totally wrong. People just outgrow one another, just like when people get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page mentally.”
This comes as a big surprise given that Mayweather has gone on to become the highest paid athlete in all of sports while working alongside with Ellerbe. However Leonard is not the only one Floyd has been having issues with, as he indicated that his long-time cut man and the person he refers to as his grandfather Rafael Garcia may be walking away from Mayweather’s camp.
Mayweather is blaming these internal problems on a lack of communication and is ready to assemble a totally new team. The last time we saw the absolute top fighter in the sport change his team while reigning supreme was none other than Mike Tyson who replaced his trainers, corner men and management team while he was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The results were catastrophic for Mike as he was not able to develop the same positive results with the new team and he suffered professionally and financially.
Floyd is likewise ready to replace key members in his camp however has stated that he intends to remain very close with manager Al Haymon. These changes by Floyd come at a very interesting time, as there are heavy rumours of behind the scenes pressure for Floyd to step in the ring with rival Manny Pacquiao.
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