Leonard Ellerbe is the CEO of Mayweather Promotions and could be seen at Floyd Mayweather’s side during the lead up and at “The Money Fight.”
Ellerbe was a critic of UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor throughout the build to the fight, but now he believes the UFC fighter can have a future in boxing.
“I was actually very surprised with his ability to do certain things,” Ellerbe said at the post-fight press conference. “He definitely has, if he chooses to — he definitely has a future in boxing, if he chooses to. To be able to last as long as he did, he’s a very tough competitor. He has a big heart, and again, he showed a lot, especially with this being his professional debut. I think that he did the UFC proud, he did his country proud, and he should definitely keep his head up high. He’s tough as nails. He wasn’t going to lay down. He has a big heart and I understand why he’s the biggest star in the UFC, and one of the biggest stars in all of sports.”
McGregor was making his professional boxing debut in that fight, but he did have some experience as an amateur boxer.
The CEO of Mayweather Promotions also wants fans and fighters to know that Floyd is now retired for good.
“Floyd’s not looking to box anymore. This was it,” Ellerbe said. “He’s had a phenomenal career. I can’t say enough about that. There’s nothing else to accomplish. He’s broken all the records, done everything. We can leave that up to the young guys now. He’s passing the torch on, he’s looking to move on to the next phase of his life, and I’m very happy for him.”
Now that the super fight is over, the UFC Lightweight Champion is expected to return to the Octagon.