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LEONARD ELLERBE: "OVER 1 MILLION AND STILL COUNTING...FLOYD CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY"

By Ben Thompson | May 10, 2013
LEONARD ELLERBE:

"Over 1 million and still counting! It was another great Mayweather performance in the ring and at the box office. Robert [Guerrero] proved to be a very tough and game fighter, but with all due respect to him, he's only fought a couple times on premium cable in the last couple years and never has been on pay-per-view. With that being said, this is just a testament to Floyd's tremendous star power...Floyd continues to lead the way in trying to clean up the sport and bring boxing back into the mainstream, essentially bringing more eyeballs to the sport," stated Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who spoke about the pay-per-view success of last Saturday's "MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero" event. Check it out!

BT: What's up, L? Congratulations to you guys for once again cracking the 1 million mark.

LE: Over 1 million and still counting! It was another great Mayweather performance in the ring and at the box office. Robert [Guerrero] proved to be a very tough and game fighter, but with all due respect to him, he's only fought a couple times on premium cable in the last couple years and never has been on pay-per-view. With that being said, this is just a testament to Floyd's tremendous star power.

BT: I take it you heard about the rumors being spread earlier this week saying that the numbers didn't look good for this PPV.

LE: Yes, and we are aware of who these "industry sources" are. This is just another example of a few trying to poison the minds of boxing fans by reporting inaccurate information just 48 hours after the fight was over. Where were these investigative reporters when I was asking the questions about someone else's pay-per-view numbers for the last two fights? Those numbers still haven't been validated by the other network. Where was this sense of urgency to report on those fights? The public still doesn't know what the actual numbers are. All of a sudden now, you have writers who are aspiring executives at the cable company. It just blows me away. Where are they getting this information from?

BT: Why would someone put rumors like that out there, especially just two days after the event?

LE: In my opinion, there are a few trying to push someone else's objectives. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter because the shit is so transparent.

BT: I know you're busy L, but before I let you go, do you think certain people in the media focus more on tearing down the sport as opposed to building it up?

LE: These haters spend so much time trying to find ways to bring negative attention to the sport. What they fail to recognize is that Floyd has single-handedly put this sport on his back, bringing an awareness to boxing that hasn't been done in quite some time. Floyd continues to lead the way in trying to clean up the sport and bring boxing back into the mainstream, essentially bringing more eyeballs to the sport, which in turn will generate revenue, bring more sponsors, and ultimately all fighters will earn more money. For someone to even remotely insinuate that something was bad about doing an interview during half-time on a stage as big as the Final Four is just asinine. If that ain't a hater, I don't know what one is!

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