Leonard Ellerbe Reflects On Floyd Mayweather Vs. Canelo Alvarez: “Probably Floyd’s Easiest Fight Ever”

By: Hans Themistode For much of Floyd Mayweather’s career, the flamboyant and loquacious multiple division titlist was viewed as untouchable in the ring. Having beaten over 20 former world champions during his time as an active fighter, Mayweather has graced the squared circle against some of the sport's all-time best. That list includes the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao. Amongst those aforementioned names, Alvarez, while still pegged as an underdog, was viewed as a significant threat to sully the record of Mayweather. Regardless of those thoughts, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, actually believes that the current pound-for-pound star provided the least amount of resistance. “Probably Floyd’s easiest fight ever,” said Ellerbe on his social media account. Originally, Mayweather and Alvarez squared off in 2013. Despite having youth and size on his side, Mayweather easily outboxed the Mexican star on the night. Since then, the careers of both men have gone in opposite directions. Eight years following their showdown, Mayweather has long since retired from the sport, hanging up his gloves for good in 2017 following a 10th round stoppage win against Conor McGregor. Mayweather then carried his 50-0 professional record to the boxing Hall of Fame where he was officially named a member of the 2021 class. Alvarez, on the other hand, seemingly has plenty more years under his belt before he walks away from the sport. Currently, the multiple division titlist is attempting to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time as he prepares to take on IBF titlist Caleb Plant on November 6th. By and large, Alvarez is currently considered the best fighter in the sport, regardless of weight classes. In a recent interview, Alvarez, when broached with the question, revealed that if he fought Mayweather while in his prime, he would score the knockout win. Those sentiments by Alvarez, have become sparked an ongoing debate centering around who would've won had Alvarez not faced Mayweather at such a young age. But while the youth of Alvarez is mostly viewed as an impediment to his success all those years ago against Mayweather, Ellerbe simply doesn't want to hear it. “Haters will say he had zero experience. Floyd was 36 at the time and Canelo was 23, with a 42-0 record, and outweighed Floyd by 20+ on fight night. They say anything to downplay his greatness.” The post Leonard Ellerbe Reflects On Floyd Mayweather Vs. Canelo Alvarez: “Probably Floyd’s Easiest Fight Ever” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Leonard Ellerbe Reflects On Floyd Mayweather Vs. Canelo Alvarez: “Probably Floyd’s Easiest Fight Ever”

By: Hans Themistode

For much of Floyd Mayweather’s career, the flamboyant and loquacious multiple division titlist was viewed as untouchable in the ring.

Having beaten over 20 former world champions during his time as an active fighter, Mayweather has graced the squared circle against some of the sport's all-time best. That list includes the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, and Manny Pacquiao. Amongst those aforementioned names, Alvarez, while still pegged as an underdog, was viewed as a significant threat to sully the record of Mayweather.

Regardless of those thoughts, Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, actually believes that the current pound-for-pound star provided the least amount of resistance.

“Probably Floyd’s easiest fight ever,” said Ellerbe on his social media account.

Originally, Mayweather and Alvarez squared off in 2013. Despite having youth and size on his side, Mayweather easily outboxed the Mexican star on the night. Since then, the careers of both men have gone in opposite directions.

Eight years following their showdown, Mayweather has long since retired from the sport, hanging up his gloves for good in 2017 following a 10th round stoppage win against Conor McGregor. Mayweather then carried his 50-0 professional record to the boxing Hall of Fame where he was officially named a member of the 2021 class.

Alvarez, on the other hand, seemingly has plenty more years under his belt before he walks away from the sport. Currently, the multiple division titlist is attempting to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time as he prepares to take on IBF titlist Caleb Plant on November 6th.

By and large, Alvarez is currently considered the best fighter in the sport, regardless of weight classes. In a recent interview, Alvarez, when broached with the question, revealed that if he fought Mayweather while in his prime, he would score the knockout win.

Those sentiments by Alvarez, have become sparked an ongoing debate centering around who would've won had Alvarez not faced Mayweather at such a young age. But while the youth of Alvarez is mostly viewed as an impediment to his success all those years ago against Mayweather, Ellerbe simply doesn't want to hear it.

“Haters will say he had zero experience. Floyd was 36 at the time and Canelo was 23, with a 42-0 record, and outweighed Floyd by 20+ on fight night. They say anything to downplay his greatness.”

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Caleb Plant: More Than Just Hype Is Needed To Become A Superstar

By: Sean Crose What does the IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant think his chances are of becoming one of the biggest names in boxing? “Zero if I don’t win.” Speaking in a gym to reporters on an ESNEWS video, the 21-0 Plant gives the impression of someone who is not only serious about his craft, but is a realist as well. It’s this down to earth approach to his trade that makes the 29 year old stand out in comparison to some of his opponents. In some ways, Plant is similar to his soft-spoken opponent this November - the one and only Canelo Alvarez. “I can be as marketable as I want,” he says, lifting a taped fist, “but if I don’t have these to back it up than that don’t mean shit.” As far as Plant is concerned, there’s a lot more to being a legitimate star than just hype. “To be a superstar,” he says, “you gotta have a great market but you gotta have a great product.” So far, Plant’s product has been perfect, at least as far as his ring resume goes. He’ll have to get past pound for pound great, Canelo, however, if he hopes to reach Olympian heights. “If you can’t throw these like you’re supposed to,” he says, once more indicating his fists, “then I can be as good looking as I want, or dress as good as I want, or say all the right words, or have all the right dance moves and all this other stuff, but at the end of the day if you don’t get the job done in the ring, then what’s marketability in boxing?” So, does the considerable underdog feel he can best Canelo and achieve the coveted title of superstar? “Absolutely. God willing everything just stays how it has been. I always hear God blesses those who bless themselves so that’s how I work.” In a world where major boxing matches often don’t come to fruition due to a seeming lack of interest on the part of fighters, Plant has made it clear that, at the very least, he wants to dare to be great. When negotiations between Plant’s and Canelo’s camps broke down last summer, Plant made it clear he genuinely wanted the bout to happen. Then he eventually went ahead and signed a contract. He may be the underdog walking into the Canelo fight, but he’s got the confidence to put it all on the line to face one of the absolute best in the game – if not THE best.   The post Caleb Plant: More Than Just Hype Is Needed To Become A Superstar appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Caleb Plant: More Than Just Hype Is Needed To Become A Superstar

By: Sean Crose

What does the IBF super middleweight titlist Caleb Plant think his chances are of becoming one of the biggest names in boxing?

“Zero if I don’t win.”

Speaking in a gym to reporters on an ESNEWS video, the 21-0 Plant gives the impression of someone who is not only serious about his craft, but is a realist as well. It’s this down to earth approach to his trade that makes the 29 year old stand out in comparison to some of his opponents. In some ways, Plant is similar to his soft-spoken opponent this November - the one and only Canelo Alvarez. “I can be as marketable as I want,” he says, lifting a taped fist, “but if I don’t have these to back it up than that don’t mean shit.”

As far as Plant is concerned, there’s a lot more to being a
legitimate star than just hype. “To be a superstar,” he says, “you gotta have a
great market but you gotta have a great product.” So far, Plant’s product has
been perfect, at least as far as his ring resume goes. He’ll have to get past
pound for pound great, Canelo, however, if he hopes to reach Olympian heights.

“If you can’t throw these like you’re supposed to,” he says, once more indicating his fists, “then I can be as good looking as I want, or dress as good as I want, or say all the right words, or have all the right dance moves and all this other stuff, but at the end of the day if you don’t get the job done in the ring, then what’s marketability in boxing?” So, does the considerable underdog feel he can best Canelo and achieve the coveted title of superstar? “Absolutely. God willing everything just stays how it has been. I always hear God blesses those who bless themselves so that’s how I work.”

In a world where major boxing matches often don’t come to fruition due to a seeming lack of interest on the part of fighters, Plant has made it clear that, at the very least, he wants to dare to be great. When negotiations between Plant’s and Canelo’s camps broke down last summer, Plant made it clear he genuinely wanted the bout to happen. Then he eventually went ahead and signed a contract. He may be the underdog walking into the Canelo fight, but he’s got the confidence to put it all on the line to face one of the absolute best in the game – if not THE best.  

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