Floyd Mayweather’s advisor Leonard Ellerbe has been compelled to speak out for a second time this year as another British newspaper confirms that Amir Khan will be the pound for pound king’s next opponent on May 3, 2014.
Ellerbe gave an interview on October 3 rubbishing a Daily Mail story by Jeff Powell which apparently confirmed that the fight would happen on the date in question. Now, following a similar report in the Daily Express on November 9, the trusted Mayweather wingman has given another damning statement to ESPN.
“How many times have you heard rumors in this business about things being done and it’s not even close to the case,” Ellerbe said. “It’s the nature of the boxing business. I heard a lot of things. We just sit back and laugh. It’s hilarious.
“I don’t know what we’re doing next. I’ve heard things from we’re fighting Bernard Hopkins to Amir Khan. You hear a lot of things that people say and all you can do is sit back and laugh. But it’s great to be in a position where everyone wants to fight the king.
“But we haven’t had one conversation about any of that. Floyd is relaxing and enjoying the time off. He is enjoying time with his family and marvelling at the record breaking year he has had.
“Floyd determines how, when, where and what he is doing. He is calling all the shots. So until you hear it from Floyd it is what it is – rumours.”
Whilst it is no secret that Mayweather, 36, is to return on May 3, many believe that light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia or Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez conqueror Timothy Bradley are worthier foes for ‘Money’ upon his return to the ring.
Whether the British mainstream media know more than anyone else is debatable though and will only come to light once Mayweather makes an official announcement – which many not come until the New Year.
That leaves plenty of time for the rumour mill to continue in full swing, with Khan and his team remaining tight-lipped after turning down a world title shot at Devon Alexander scheduled for December.
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