Leonard Ellerbe: UFC using Floyd's name to build up Ronda Rousey
Milan Ordoņez on Sep 09, 2015 05:39 PM
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As one of the meanest talking figures in the sport of boxing, the hatred for Floyd Mayweather is understandable.
The “Money May” persona has repeatedly drawn the ire of fellow fighters, most notably mixed martial artists. Recently, Mayweather has gotten himself in a verbal exchange with the UFC’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey. “Rowdy” first sparked up the mini rift when she lambasted Mayweather after winning the 2015 ESPY Award for Fighter of the Year.
Mayweather did hit back a few times, but overall, his camp says Rousey’s words remain insignificant. And according to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, it is merely a ploy for UFC president Dana White to further build up Rousey’s name.
“That's just been a very good job that the UFC have done with promoting her,” Ellerbe told Sports Illustrated in a recent interview. “She's an outstanding fighter. She's young and upcoming, and that's just them promoting their fighter. And I know Dana personally. They've done a very good job with trying to align her using Floyd's name.”
Ellerbe adds that despite all that’s been said, Mayweather has no ill feelings towards Rousey.
“But, Floyd has nothing bad to really say about her, because he doesn't really know her, he doesn't follow the UFC. They've been able to do an outstanding job with building their brand and we have been too. And the two have been able to co-exist because they do what they do and we do what they [sic] do."
Mayweather will be fighting his 49th and supposedly final fight against two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto this weekend in Las Vegas.
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