Here we are less than 2 weeks before the ‘Fight of the Century’ with no ticket or credential information having been released and no real concern or statement from Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather Promotions CEO or Floyd Mayweather, Jr. himself should have ‘the powers that be’ in Las Vegas, shaking in their boots.
Mayweather, Jr. is quick to remind everyone of his previous involvement in big fights making this one against Manny Pacquiao ‘nothing new’ but maybe what he DID forget is this is the first mega-fight for his company, Mayweather Promotions.
What has become more than apparent is Mayweather Promotions depended more on the expertise of Golden Boy Promotions than had previously been announced.
Hotel reservations, scheduled flights, car rentals and such have been booked (non-refundable) and for there to be nothing officially announced regarding ‘Fight Night’ ticket sales or press credential information is not only trying but amateurish to say the least.
Maybe even more disturbing is the fact there has been no one other than Michael Koncz (Manny Pacquiao manager) willing to place blame directly at the feet of Mayweather Promotions.
This may all seem innocent ‘first time jitters’ but for a fight of this magnitude to be going through ‘growing pains’ at this stage of the game is entirely unprofessional and bush league.
Leonard Ellerbe was allegedly dismissed by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. back in September of 2014 for several infractions that caused FMJ to state, ‘I’m not mad at him, people just outgrow one another, like when they get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page’.
Ellerbe was blamed for among other things, having Mayweather, Jr. come under fire for being unable to develop any stable of fighters worth mention, when back in 2007 that was exactly the promise of Mayweather Promotions.
Ellerbe to this day has yet to lure any highly respected talent to Mayweather Promotions, that the highest priority and utmost responsibility of any boxing CEO.
The alleged straw that broke that camel’s back came when Ellerbe’s responsibility for correctly seating Mayweather’s daughter next to her mother at Mayweather/Maidana II (that fall under the category of ‘CEO responsibility’?) was bungled and Floyd had seen enough.
It seems all has been forgiven and Mayweather Promotions is one big happy family with everyone back in the fold but without Golden Boy Promotions on board and handling the business affairs associated with big money fights, could it be the Mayweather ship is without a sail?
One can only be left to surmise that behind the scenes, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is bombarded with “What should we do” questions that he himself had previously left to Oscar de la hoya and/or Richard Schaefer, with Golden Boy Promotions being the true BOSS.
With Mayweather, Jr. manager, Al Haymon, doing his own thing, Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions rekindling his/their relationship with Top Rank and Richard Schaefer effectively shelved, this may well be the biggest fiasco before the two combatants enter the ring, unless things in Las Vegas change and change quickly.
There will be no ‘Blame Bob Arum and Top Rank’ for this one since Floyd Mayweather, Jr. himself long ago proclaimed, “Mayweather Promotions is the future of boxing”, Arum as cool as a cucumber waiting to see if this all goes in the tank because of a ‘rookie mistake’.
God forbid this fight cancelled or postponed for ANY reason, the blame clearly on the shoulders of Mayweather Promotions.