The past few months have seen a shake-up in Team Mayweather.
As a fight with Manny Pacquiao floats in theory, and a clash with Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan looks ever more possible, Floyd Mayweather’s 2015 — the last year he is under contract to Showtime PPV — could see some fireworks. It might just be his last year in the sport. It will also be yet another spent amidst the spotlight.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has also found himself in the spotlight over the passing months.
The promotional head-honcho and longtime adviser of “The Money Team” has been met with repeated dismay by Floyd and other members of his family, “Money” himself saying in September of 2014 that he had “outgrown” Ellerbe. The likes of Jeff and Roger Mayweather have also weighed in on the rift, with the consensus being that Mayweather leans further on boxing’s managerial despot Al Haymon to scope his career. Leonard Ellerbe unhinged, but playing a less substantial role due to a lack of unity between him and Mayweather.
Ellerbe has also maintained reticence with the media; leaving many in search of an answer to the question: What is going on with Leonard Ellerbe?
He withheld the Pay-Per-View numbers for the Mayweather-Maidana II fight, and has been out-of-touch with the boxing public despite not formally being cut from Mayweather Promotions or severing ties with the top prizefighter. It is easy to conclude that relations between him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have hit a rough turn, but it would be foolish to think that just because we are left in the dark, communications have ceased internally.
After all, Mayweather Promotions hosted a Showtime Boxing event just over a month ago. That show, in Texas, featured the return of Erislandy Lara against Mayweather Promotions’ Ishe Smith. Lara won almost effortlessly, and Team Mayweather went back into the shadows.
Nonetheless, we should hear soon enough whether or not Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe will break their bond, which has spanned over eighteen years through Mayweather’s professional boxing career.
If it were to break, both would struggle to cross a path of understanding, established trust, with another person in the boxing business. No matter, with Mayweather’s fighting know-how and Ellerbe’s business insights, the earth might just keep on spinning for the both of them.