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Ellerbe Takes Aim At De La Hoya

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe expressed annoyance that from several directions snipers are takig aim at the Aug. 26 super-clash between boxing neophyte Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, the 49-0 pugilist-specialist who maintains he is for real hanging up the gloves after downing the UFCer.

Writers and critics can take aim at other targets, Ellerbe said during a media session held at the Mayweather Gym in Vegas, on Thursday afternoon. His guy doesn’t get his just due, and the haters can transfer their lack of respect at other athletes, he said…and maybe some of that overboard dissection has to do partially with envy.

He referenced the Golden Boy Promotions boss, Oscar De La Hoya, and said that Oscar is falling prey to “jealousy” when he critiques the Mayweather-McGregor mashup. Oscar seems like he has “an ax to grind,” he said, and should just get over it. He brought up writing open letters to fans to contrast Golden Boy product and Mayweathers’ “skills pay the bills” sessions, and Ellerbe admitted he was put off and bewildered by the Golden Boy’s aggressive manner.

Ellerbe said that some $60 million has been taken in on ticket sales for Maygregor, at T-Mobile in Vegas and that isn’t “slow” or subpar, which some have posited. Besides, he said, the Canelo Alvarez fight against Gennady Golovkin isn’t actually sold out. Reporter Lance Pugmire, he said, did digging and found that out.

Golden Boy has stood by the assertion that their collision is sold out, for the record. I requested a response from their side and will insert an answer when received. Tom Loeffler of K2 promotes Golovkin, and he told me that yes indeed, the Canelo v GGG fight is sold out. “I can’t get any more tickets,” he said, cheekily.

So, why does Ellerbe assert otherwise? “Good question,” Loeffler said. “Have to ask him. Can he buy tickets?”

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