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LEONARD ELLERBE EXPLAINS WHY MARCOS MAIDANA IS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER THREAT FLOYD MAYWEATHER HAS FACED

By Ben Thompson | April 16, 2014
LEONARD ELLERBE EXPLAINS WHY MARCOS MAIDANA IS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER THREAT FLOYD MAYWEATHER HAS FACED

"I had a chance to go see Marcos, his media day yesterday. I wanted to stick my head in there and see what all the noise is about. I hear he's been having a tremendous camp and he's preparing really well, and I was quite impressed with the fan support up there and how hard he was working. This is going to be a tough fight for Floyd," stated Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who shared his thoughts on why WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana is a different and more difficult threat than any other fighter that undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather has faced. Despite Maidana being the underdog in the fight, Ellerbe believes his constant, relentless pressure, combined with punching power in both hands, makes him a legitimate threat to keep things interesting no matter how long the fight lasts.

"A lot of people have kind of paid attention to the odds, but when it comes down to a fight, we know that Maidana can end this thing with one punch. We almost saw it happen in the Shane Mosley [fight] a couple years ago. There was a nervous moment, so Floyd is really preparing hard. And I had a chance to see Marcos yesterday; I know he's preparing really well and, like I said, I know this is going to be a great, great fight," Ellerbe explained during a recent conference call to promote the bout. "I think that the difference in this fight is that, you know, a lot of fighters in the past have come in and really, they say one thing, but this guy is a little different in my eyes. I'm not paying attention and Floyd's not paying attention to no odds. We know that we're in a tough fight because one, this guy brings it from the opening bell. A lot of people talk about it and they get in there and they look and Floyd makes them miss the first couple of times and they get frustrated. This guy, he continues to bring it and bring it and bring it and bring it and he doesn't stop, so we have to be prepared for what he's gonna bring to the table, and Floyd hasn't faced anybody like that before. And on top of that, his knockout percentage. You know, like I said, it's a known fact, when he hits guys, they fall."

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