Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Floyd-Khan reports premature
By Dan Rafael
Despite recent reports, Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s camp claims he has yet to choose his next opponent.
For the past few weeks, British media members have been writing breathlessly in their so-called "world exclusives" that Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s next fight in May will be against England's Amir Khan.
In recent days, one publication again declared the fight a done deal, without so much as even citing an unnamed source. There were no quotes, no specifics, no nothing. Just a lot of declarative statements with no sources whatsoever.
Now, there sure is a good chance that Mayweather's next fight will indeed be a welterweight title defense against the chinny former junior welterweight titleholder. But it's simply not a done deal as some have wrongly reported, according to Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's adviser.
But why let the facts get in the way of a good story, right?
"How many times have you heard rumors in this business about things being done and it's not even close to the case," Ellerbe said. "It's the nature of the boxing business. I've heard Floyd is fighting Tim Bradley next. I heard a lot of things. We just sit back and laugh. It's hilarious.
"I don't know what we're doing next. Floyd Mayweather is the topic of everyone's conversations. I've heard things from we're fighting Bernard Hopkins to Amir Khan. You hear a lot of things that people say and all you can do is sit back and laugh. But it's great to be in a position where everyone wants to fight the king. He represents the biggest payday for any fighter out there if their number gets called. I can't blame them for speculation or rumors.
"But we haven't had one conversation about any of that [about his next fight]. Floyd is relaxing and enjoying the time off. He is enjoying time with his family and marveling at the record breaking year he has had."
Mayweather, the pound-for-pound king, has had a huge 2013 and is a frontrunner for fighter of the year honors. He defended his welterweight crown in May with a near-shutout of Robert Guerrero in the first fight of his mega deal with Showtime/CBS. In September, he returned to easily outpoint Canelo Alvarez in a junior middleweight unification fight that generated 2.2 million pay-per-views buys (second all time) and set the numerous other records, including the all-time pay-per-view revenue mark of $150 million.
"Floyd is not even thinking about who he is fighting next," Ellerbe said. "He's relaxing. He has had a record-breaking year where he made a sh--load of money and had two phenomenal performances."
So what about the premature and/or wrong stories about Mayweather-Khan being a done deal?
"Everyone knows when it's time to go out and do something they know who it will come from," Ellerbe said. "Floyd determines how, when, where and what he is doing. He is calling all the shots. So until you hear it from Floyd it is what it is -- rumors. We're not even thinking about what's next. We ain't working on nothin'."