Will Floyd Mayweather go head-to-head with Conor McGregor in the boxing ring?
It’s all beginning to feel a bit Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pre-2015. However, as we all know, that fight did end up happening after years of talk and speculation.
Money talks and Mayweather - judging by his social media activity, anyway - loves nothing more than cold-hard cash, so we shouldn’t dismiss the idea altogether.
However, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, believes McGregor is using Floyd’s name to boost his own reputation and create leverage with the new owners at the UFC.
McGregor, though, recently obtained a boxing license in California, increasing speculation that he’s serious about fighting the retired American who bowed out of the sport with a 49-0 record.
Ellerbe: It's a con job by McGregor
“He’s done a masterful con job to try to trick people that he could actually pull this off,” Ellerbe told ESPN, per The Sun.
“Nobody is mad but it’s a con job trying to make people think this is real and even mentioning him and TBE in the same breath is disrespectful, completely disrespectful.
“Isn’t this the same guy who tapped out three fights ago?”
On McGregor obtaining a boxing license after being stripped of his UFC featherweight title, Ellerbe continued: “It’s all a game. It’s all a calculated effort to gain more fans.
“He got a boxing license. Congratulations to him. Conor McGregor can say anything he wants to but he has a boss and his name is Dana White.
“He is under contract to the UFC and if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he can’t because his bosses wouldn’t allow that to happen.
“The brass who recently purchased the UFC are very smart people and they would never – and put this in bold caps – let him step into a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather because everyone knows what the outcome would be. He would get his ass beat from pillar to post.”
Ellerbe: McGregor could get killed if he fights Mayweather
Ellerbe believes McGregor risks serious injury - or even death - by stepping into the ring with Floyd.
“It’s kind of played out now. Just stop it. The con game is over,” he added. “Go out there and worry about dominating the UFC because three fights ago he lost, he was quitting.
“You couldn’t even mention the word ‘quit’ with Floyd Mayweather.
“And, like I said, he can’t do anything without the UFC’s approval.
“There’s no way they spent all that money so they can get their biggest star killed. It would never happen.
“If they want to get him killed put him in there in a boxing match.”
Mayweather is currently enjoying retirement
Ellerbe has also insisted that, rather than thinking about a potential bout with McGregor, Mayweather is currently enjoying retirement.
“Think about this,” Ellerbe said. “Floyd is a guy who spent his entire life developing his craft and becoming the best to do this. And he beat a number of great fighters and is undefeated and built his legacy on hard work and dedication.
“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?
“And I have a great deal of respect for what he does for a living. Floyd and I have nothing against UFC or any of their fighters.
“I respect all fighters who step in a ring or the Octagon, but Floyd is in the Bahamas enjoying life. He’s not thinking about Conor McGregor or anyone else.
“What McGregor is attempting to do is take a page out of Floyd’s book from the marketing and promotional side by using his name. The quickest way to become famous is to align yourself with another famous person, and he’s done a good job of that.”
Ellerbe: McGregor isn't bad with his hands
However, Ellerbe did at least admit that McGregor is, compared to other UFC fighters, pretty handy with his hands.
“He has a good little hand game, a superior hand game compared to the UFC fighters he is competing with but fighting Floyd Mayweather is a whole other story,” he added.
“That b******t you’re throwing over there in the UFC would get you killed against Floyd.”