Is a Shakeup Imminent For Floyd Mayweather’s Money Team?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. hinted changes to his Money Team during his post-fight interview last Saturday and the first casualty could very well be his good friend and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.
Outgrowing each other
Speaking to Fighthype.com, the world’s best pound for pound boxer said that he and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe are outgrowing each other: “Leonard wasn’t in my corner, so, you know, it’s not any hard feelings. It’s just people outgrow one another. I’m not mad at him. There’s no hard feeling like I hate the guy; not at all. No hard feelings whatsoever. People just outgrow one another, just like when people get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page mentally.”
Mayweather cited Saturday’s fight as an example. He said that during that bout, his titles in both weight classes were put on the line and it was something he did not approve of. He also said that the ticket arrangements “were totally wrong” because his daughter wasn’t seated next to her mother
Former Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaeffer denied any knowledge of a rift between Mayweather and Ellerbe, saying that he doesn’t know “what’s going on” between the two. Schaeffer said that both Mayweather and Ellerbe are his “friends” and that he wishes them “nothing but the best.”
Schaeffer promoted Mayweather’s first bout with Maidana last May and then left Golden Boy in June after a feud with Oscar De La Hoya. Schaeffer was at ringside last Saturday for the Mayweather-Maidana rematch. The rumor mill is saying that should Ellebre go, Schaeffer will take over Mayweather Promotions despite the fact that he is currently engulfed in a $50M arbitration with Golden Boy Promotions which claims that he is under contract until 2018.
Al Haymon stays
While Mayweather suggested that he could have a new team and staff in May when his next bout is scheduled, he made one thing clear: Al Haymon is staying.
Haymon is one of boxing’s most influential advisers and powerful brokers who has a stable of 120 fighters which includes top caliber boxers led by Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Adonis Stevenson among others. When Schaeffer left Golden Boy last June, it was reported that Haymon was also pulling out his fighters to build a new promotion with Schaeffer. With the possible shakeup at Mayweather Promotions, there is a probability that they are going to be part of the new Money Team.
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