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Ellerbe, the man behind the man
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Boxing fans look forward to May and September of each year. Those are the months that the pound for pound best fighter in the world fights to stay unbeaten and races to be a rare undefeated fighter to close out his career. Floyd Mayweather will enter the ring on May 3 to fight Marcos Maidana in what the promotion is calling "The Moment." The fight will take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden arena and will be shown on Showtime Pay Per View.

Mayweather, 45-0, 26 KO's, is counting down to September of 2015, when he says will hang up his gloves. Fans always wonder how the Mayweather team chooses his opponents. His last fight against Canelo, was billed as a young, strong fighter who could possibly knock out Mayweather. At the end of the fight, Canelo not only did not knock out Floyd, he said, "I couldn't find him." It's hard to knock out someone you can't find. This time Maidana was chosen because, according to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions and a Washington, DC native, "He is an exciting fighter. All of his fights have been exciting fights and he has put together a string of successful victories." Ellerbe goes on to say, "Maidana is a very aggressive fighter, a tremendous puncher...he has an 80% knock out ratio and he has been in there with the top guys in the sport and when he hits guys, they fall out." Maidana's last fight was against former world champion Adrien Broner in December and won a decision over Broner. Broner will be on this fight card on May 3.

Maidana, 34-3-31 KO's, holds the World Boxing Association welterweight belt. Mayweather is a 10 time world champion. "Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention," said Mayweather. "He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him--beat me."

Ellerbe confirms that September of 2015 will Floyd's last fight. If successful, Mayweather will end with a 49-0 record. Bernard Hopkins, who fought in DC recently, hinted that he would not defend his light heavyweight belts, should he unify the crowns, but would consider a "special" fight at 165 or 168 pounds with Mayweather in mind. Any thoughts of Hopkins from the Mayweather camp? "No, not at all," says Ellerbe. "Hopkins is a tremendous fighter and has accomplished so many things in the sport. He is currently a light heavyweight and Floyd walks around between 148 and150 pounds. But Hopkins is supposed to say things like that."

Ellerbe is quite busy between fights, "My grind never stops. I have a large staff and I am involved in every aspect of Floyd's business'." He's aware that his business partner, Al Haymon, has signed several fighters from DC, Ellerbe's hometown and "He gets input from me directly", says Ellerbe. "I can't manage and promote and Al takes care of managing fighters" Please subscribe The boxing action from DC never stops.

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