Floyd Mayweather CEO Leonard Ellerbe turned up the heat on rival Eddie Hearn with claims on the Canelo vs. Bivol PPV.
Ellerbe is embroiled in a deep mutual dislike with Hearn over their handling of situations in the sport.
On more than one occasion, Ellerbe has accused Hearn of slating fights for no reason. On the other hand, Hearn believes Ellerbe doesn’t want him to succeed in the United States.
The petty back and forth seems to be coming to a head, with UK bookmakers even offering odds on the pair fighting.
More mud got slung over the fence again recently, on both sides. This time, Ellerbe responded to Hearn’s comments on Canelo vs. GGG 3 being far more significant than Errol Spence vs. Terence Crawford.
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“Do you honestly think fans were going to an app [DAZN] that nobody watches anyway to buy a Pay Per View [Canelo vs. Bivol] that his fans cared nothing about?
“If that were the case, the live gate would have been double that. When have you seen Canelo fight on the Mexican holiday and do nine million [dollars] [in gate receipts]?”
Responding to fans saying Ellerbe was just taking Canelo off his pedestal, he added: “You know zero abt the business of boxing and the numbers.
“Canelo’s popularity and numbers have declined since he left Golden Boy and HBO. But he definitely got the bag, and I respect that.
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“[But] Canelo just did 120k on satellite and cable in the US. I repeat, that has never ever happened. Do you know how bad that is?
“Yeah, it was terrible compared to the big [stuff] he’s done in Vegas in the past, but they slashed ticket prices three times.
“You could get a room at the MGM [Grand] on fight night for a $179 on the Mexican holiday weekend. Have you been in Vegas for a Canelo fight for the holiday [you can never get a room]?
“[I’m] not pocket watching, [I’m] just giving some of you dummies the facts as opposed to repeating the dumb [stuff].
“You can’t tell me [anything] about the bizz [sic] of boxing. [I’ve] been doing this at the highest level for many, many years. Check the resume.
“Nelo [sic] just lost, and he did 120k buys combined on cable and satellite in the US. I repeat 120k combined with a nine million [dollar] live gate, and that’s a fact.”