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Ellerbe: Pacquiao's Rise Helped By Mayweather's Layoff

By Chris LaBate

Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, consider Manny Pacquiao to be a good fighter and a big star in the sport, but he feels the Filipino's epic rise was helped in part by Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s long layoffs from the sport. Mayweather will hit the ring on September 17th against WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which is the first fight for Mayweather since the win over Shane Mosley in May 2010.

"He's a good little fighter," Ellerbe said to The Grand Rapids Press. "But he's benefited from a lot of what has happened the last couple of years. I'm not talking about the allegations [regarding steroid use]. I'm talking about the fact that he's the sole beneficiary of Floyd deciding to take a little time off."

Ellerbe denied the continued rumors of Ortiz being selected as a tuneup opponent for a potential fight with Pacquiao in 2012.

"I've heard all this B.S. about a tune-up, or a lead-in," Ellerbe said. "Nothing about Victor Ortiz is a tune-up. He's a tremendous fighter and he also comes in with a great deal of confidence because of his last win [over Andre Berto]. Floyd stepped up and said, 'Give me the best other guy out there,' since we can't make the fight with the other guy, for obvious reasons."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Danny Gunz on 08-18-2011

It was obviously helped by Mayweather not being around. But dont discredit Pac's rise he did that all by himself. And as much as people trash Pac now he was not the favorite to win most of those fights. Oscar…

Comment by B.U.R.N.E.R on 08-17-2011

Well its the truth.....

Comment by Brother Jay on 08-17-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;10997332]At least Ellerbe kept it professional :) I wonder if Crockett can expect a phone call from Petrocelli ? :D[/QUOTE] That video was hilarious. I've never seen that before. Thanks, Lead. I had a…

Comment by tesla_power on 08-17-2011

That is true. But every fighter's rise is associated with another fighter's loss,retirement,etc. It's not like Floyd didn't have any help. Also, that transition is just about the time when most people claim that boxing is dead because this so…

Comment by Brother Jay on 08-17-2011

[QUOTE=edgarg;10996557]Dear Brother, you seem to have a fixation about peasants, and an enormous monomaniacal upinion of your own capabilities, which is similiar to that of your lord and master, who, instead of asking your aid, is spending his energies avoiding…

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