Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd Mayweather’s trusted advisor, has moved to distance the former pound for pound king from a cross-codes fight with Conor McGregor.
Mayweather, 39, has been called out by the UFC champion, who was recently both granted and denied boxing licenses in California and Las Vegas respectively for what would be a massive event for fans of both sports.
The clash would represent a 50th career bout for Mayweather – a record breaker in terms of achievement, something that could also see the participants share $250 million plus in pay-per-view revenue.
Ellerbe has never been a fan of the fight and moved to belittle McGregor’s form despite the Irishman becoming the first ever UFC fighter to hold two world title belts simultaneously last month.
“Floyd is a guy who spent his entire life developing his craft and becoming the best to do this. And he’s beaten a number of great fighters and is undefeated and built his legacy on hard work and dedication,” Ellerbe told ESPN.
“He beat world champions over a 20-year period and here’s a guy, McGregor, who has about 20 fights and lost three of them, and three fights ago he was seen on the mat quitting. What are we talking about?”
At 28, McGregor is still young enough to enhance his boxing craft in the coming months and years ahead, although time is ticking for Mayweather should the one-time king plan a return at some point in the future.