Andre Berto was plucked out of obscurity to handed the honour of being the last fighter to compete against Mayweather in the ring and Ellerbe says 19 years at the top is more than enough for the pound for pound king to stand down happy.
“Floyd is my friend, we’re family, but I commend and applaud him for doing what he’s done, what he’s accomplished, how successful he is, how successful he’s been from 1996 to now,” said Ellerbe.
“It’s truly remarkable. To be able to walk away on his own terms, to follow his own game plan, is unbelievable. At 38, he’s got a boatload of money in the bank, all his faculties and he did it his way. This is the American Dream.
“Floyd could fight as long as he wants, if that were what he wanted to do. People don’t understand what goes into his craft. He trains around the clock. He’s given his life to his career. He’s ready to ride off on to the next phase of his life. He’s earned that right.
“We made a commitment and we are following his contract. Besides, how much is enough? How much can one ask of somebody? How much more can he make?’
“This will be Floyd’s last fight. I’m very excited for him. He’s done it his way. He’s had an illustrious career and I know he’s very comfortable with what he’s been able to accomplish,” he reiterated.
Time will tell whether Mayweather can resist scratching the itch to make a comeback after his September finale, but it may well turn out that an eight or nine figure offer would be almost impossible to turn down.