Leonard Ellerbe: “Keith [Thurman] Can Fight His Ass Off But Tank Would Knock Him The F*ck Out”

By: Hans Themistode With his most recent performance, Gervonta Davis proved that size doesn't always matter. On June 26th, earlier this year in front of a jam-packed crowd at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia, Davis moved up two weight classes to take on a much larger man in Mario Barrios. While the Baltimore native was cautious in his first trip to 140 pounds, he ultimately found his groove and scored three knockdowns on the night before ending things in the 11th. The win for Davis netted him the WBA “Regular” title in the process. With that victory well behind him, Davis revealed that he plans on returning to the ring this coming October. At the moment, team Davis is currently scouring the boxing landscape as they look for his next possible opponent. Amongst those possible candidates have been: Joseph Diaz, Ryan Garcia and a slew of others. One name, however, that has received noticeable attention recently, is former unified 147-pound champion, Keith Thurman. According to promoter of Davis and CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, he'd put them in the ring against one another in a “nanosecond.” Thurman, 32, was once considered by most as the best fighter that the welterweight division had to offer. Since defeating Danny Garcia in March of 2017 and unifying titles, Thurman has struggled with activity. The Clearwater, Florida native has fought only twice in a four-year span and is coming off the first defeat of his career at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019. Although injuries have ravaged much of his career as of late, Ellerbe still has a tremendous amount of admiration for Thurman as a fighter. “Keith can fight his ass off,” said Ellerbe on his social media account. “He’s a guy I got a lot of respect for but that fight I’d make in 2 seconds.” If Ellerbe did in fact pick up the phone and get both men to sign on the dotted line, it would represent the fifth fight in a row for Davis in a different weight class. The Baltimore product scored a decisive second-round knockout win against Ricardo Lopez in July of 2019 at 130 pounds. He then followed that up five months later, this time at 135 pounds against Yuriokis Gamboa, stopping him in the 12th. One year later, Davis would drop back down to 130 pounds to stop former multi-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round of their contest. And, of course, most recently, Davis made the trek ten pounds north to stop Mario Barrios. If Davis were to climb up even higher in weight, Ellerbe is very much confident that Thurman will suffer the same fate as those who came before him. “Tank is not a 47 pounder but Tank would knock him the f*ck out right now.” The post Leonard Ellerbe: “Keith [Thurman] Can Fight His Ass Off But Tank Would Knock Him The F*ck Out” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Leonard Ellerbe: “Keith [Thurman] Can Fight His Ass Off But Tank Would Knock Him The F*ck Out”

By: Hans Themistode

With his most recent performance, Gervonta Davis proved that size doesn't always matter.

On June 26th, earlier this year in front of a jam-packed crowd at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta Georgia, Davis moved up two weight classes to take on a much larger man in Mario Barrios. While the Baltimore native was cautious in his first trip to 140 pounds, he ultimately found his groove and scored three knockdowns on the night before ending things in the 11th. The win for Davis netted him the WBA “Regular” title in the process.

With that victory well behind him, Davis revealed that he plans on returning to the ring this coming October. At the moment, team Davis is currently scouring the boxing landscape as they look for his next possible opponent. Amongst those possible candidates have been: Joseph Diaz, Ryan Garcia and a slew of others.

One name, however, that has received noticeable attention recently, is former unified 147-pound champion, Keith Thurman.

According to promoter of Davis and CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, he'd put them in the ring against one another in a “nanosecond.”

Thurman, 32, was once considered by most as the best fighter that the welterweight division had to offer. Since defeating Danny Garcia in March of 2017 and unifying titles, Thurman has struggled with activity. The Clearwater, Florida native has fought only twice in a four-year span and is coming off the first defeat of his career at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in July of 2019.

Although injuries have ravaged much of his career as of late, Ellerbe still has a tremendous amount of admiration for Thurman as a fighter.

“Keith can fight his ass off,” said Ellerbe on his social media account. “He’s a guy I got a lot of respect for but that fight I’d make in 2 seconds.”

If Ellerbe did in fact pick up the phone and get both men to sign on the dotted line, it would represent the fifth fight in a row for Davis in a different weight class.

The Baltimore product scored a decisive second-round knockout win against Ricardo Lopez in July of 2019 at 130 pounds. He then followed that up five months later, this time at 135 pounds against Yuriokis Gamboa, stopping him in the 12th. One year later, Davis would drop back down to 130 pounds to stop former multi-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in the sixth round of their contest. And, of course, most recently, Davis made the trek ten pounds north to stop Mario Barrios.

If Davis were to climb up even higher in weight, Ellerbe is very much confident that Thurman will suffer the same fate as those who came before him.

“Tank is not a 47 pounder but Tank would knock him the f*ck out right now.”

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By: Sean Crose According to Freddie Roach, the legendary Manny Pacquiao has no interest in facing UFC superstar Conor McGregor in the boxing ring or anywhere else for that matter. "Manny does not have any interest in fighting an MMA fighter," Roach, Pacquiao's longtime trainer tells The Sun, "he wants to fight the best fighters (in boxing) out there." This appears to be a new development, as the dueling legal actions involving Pacquiao and Paradigm Sports Management provide evidence the Filipino icon was ready, willing and able to face McGregor last fall when he signed with company. McGregor has lost twice in the octagon since that time, of course, and - now in his forties - Pacquiao doesn't have all the time in the world to continue practicing his craft. In a sense, then, the lack of interest in a McGregor bout at this points makes sense. Besides, Roach is busy preparing his fighter to face Errol Spence later this month. It will be quite a challenge, as Spence is younger, bigger, and extremely skilled. According to Roach, Pacquiao wouldn't have it any other way. "If he can't be at that level at boxing," Roach says of his fighter, "then he doesn't want to be boxing. He will retire and hopefully become president of his country." Roach also indicates that Pacquiao may not return to the ring after the Spence fight in August. "If there is another fight after this," he says, "it's not going to be McGregor, it's going to be one of the best guys out there." The truth is that Roach may want to be selective of who Pacquiao fights from here on out. He doesn't want what should be an easy win for his fighter, but he has to be cautious of his aging star at the same time. Needless to say, Roach sees something about Spence that he thinks will work to Pacquiao's advantage. "There's a couple of guys I worry about," Roach admits, "because they're younger, they're stronger and have very difficult styles." Spence, however, doesn't seem to be giving Roach any concern - at least not the kind Roach would make public. "But Spence," he says, "I do like because he's flat-footed, he's heavy on his feet and he gets tired in the latter rounds." Not that Roach feels Spence isn't any kind of threat. "He does have good power," the trainer admits. "There is a couple fights out there we could fight, but Manny wants to fight the best guys out there." The post Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao Has No Desire To Fight Conor McGregor appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao Has No Desire To Fight Conor McGregor

By: Sean Crose

According to Freddie Roach, the legendary Manny Pacquiao has no interest in facing UFC superstar Conor McGregor in the boxing ring or anywhere else for that matter. "Manny does not have any interest in fighting an MMA fighter," Roach, Pacquiao's longtime trainer tells The Sun, "he wants to fight the best fighters (in boxing) out there." This appears to be a new development, as the dueling legal actions involving Pacquiao and Paradigm Sports Management provide evidence the Filipino icon was ready, willing and able to face McGregor last fall when he signed with company. McGregor has lost twice in the octagon since that time, of course, and - now in his forties - Pacquiao doesn't have all the time in the world to continue practicing his craft. In a sense, then, the lack of interest in a McGregor bout at this points makes sense.

Besides, Roach is busy preparing his fighter to face Errol Spence later this month. It will be quite a challenge, as Spence is younger, bigger, and extremely skilled. According to Roach, Pacquiao wouldn't have it any other way. "If he can't be at that level at boxing," Roach says of his fighter, "then he doesn't want to be boxing. He will retire and hopefully become president of his country." Roach also indicates that Pacquiao may not return to the ring after the Spence fight in August. "If there is another fight after this," he says, "it's not going to be McGregor, it's going to be one of the best guys out there."

The truth is that Roach may want to be selective of who Pacquiao fights from here on out. He doesn't want what should be an easy win for his fighter, but he has to be cautious of his aging star at the same time. Needless to say, Roach sees something about Spence that he thinks will work to Pacquiao's advantage. "There's a couple of guys I worry about," Roach admits, "because they're younger, they're stronger and have very difficult styles." Spence, however, doesn't seem to be giving Roach any concern - at least not the kind Roach would make public. "But Spence," he says, "I do like because he's flat-footed, he's heavy on his feet and he gets tired in the latter rounds." Not that Roach feels Spence isn't any kind of threat.

"He does have good power," the trainer admits. "There is a couple fights out there we could fight, but Manny wants to fight the best guys out there."

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