Ellerbe, 49, has been at Floyd’s side through it all for the past eighteen years, and having witnessed the 37 year-old’s rise to the top and beyond, is in no doubt that Mayweather should be universally recognised as the greatest of all time.
“Floyd has had a phenomenal career, he’s the best fighter in the world and he’s been a world champion since 1998. He’s beaten a number of world champions and in my eyes he will go down as the best to ever do it,” stated Ellerbe.
“Floyd has made several hundred millions of dollars, but money doesn’t motivate him. He’s able to get up in the wee hours of the morning, putting in the groundwork like he’s never earned a dime.
“He has a tremendous dedication to the sport and we will all miss him when he’s not fighting. When he goes into that ring he gives it his all and he’s dominated A-level fighters and made them look ordinary.
“What other athlete in sports can you say, that has dominated everyone in front of him for so many years? We must find a way to acknowledge greatness when we see it. There will never be another fighter like him.”
Mayweather has the chance to move within two victories of Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 on Saturday night, but revealed once again this week that he has no intention of trying to surpassed the ‘Brockton Blockbuster’ and will indeed step away from the ring in September 2015 upon completing his mega-deal with Showtime.
If ‘Money’ does remain undefeated until retirement he would then bow out with an identical record to Marciano, although Mayweather possesses a lesser knockout ratio than the heavyweight boxing legend.
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