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Ellerbe knows the personal side of Mayweather

Ellerbe and Mayweather at final press conference
Ellerbe and Mayweather at final press conference
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Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, told the throngs of media assembled at the final press conference for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Miadana fight to be shown on Showtime PPV on Saturday, that "We had a round table with our staff recently and I was told something that I had not heard before from Floyd. He said 'this may be my last fight.' I was shocked. He had never said anything like that before."

Floyd said later, "I have been doing this for a long time. I am 37 years old and I may want to settle down, get married and not fight anymore. I am not announcing that this will be my last fight, but you never know." He was asked about being in his prime. "I am 37. This is not my prime. If this is my prime, what was I like in my 20's. I have been a world champion since my first year in boxing. That was over 17 years ago."

Ellerbe informed the crowd that Mayweather has a heart of gold and was donating $15,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness organization. He presented the check to several members on the stage. "Floyd does many things in his community that does not get media coverage," says Ellerbe, a native of Washington, DC. "You see him promoting fights and talking a lot, but he is passionate about causes and gets involved when he can." Mayweather confessed that this cancer has affected a family member.

As for the fight, Floyd says, "I never go into a fight with a game plan. I figure things out as the fight unfolds. I don't have anything bad to say about my opponent. He deserved a shot to fight me. I also never under estimate an opponent, who ever it is." On the other hand, Miadana used an interpreter throughout his message to the media, but did say one thing in English, "F___ Mayweather." That statement brought a smile to Mayweather's face and a cheer from the Hispanic contingent in the crowd. This is either false bravado or the showing of an extremely confident or even over confident fighter. Boxing fans have seen this kind of talk in all 45 of Mayweather's opponent, but on fight night, their fists can't seem to find the target they are supposed to knock out. Please subscribe and keep up with boxing in DC.