Leonard Ellerbe has dismissed Manny Pacquiao's latest talk about fighting Floyd Mayweather as a promotional ploy for Pacquiao's next fight. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Leonard Ellerbe, who serves as an adviser to Floyd Mayweather and helps run the fighter's Mayweather Promotions, doesn't think much of Manny Pacquiao's latest "offer" to fight Mayweather, in which Pacquiao said he'd take the low end of a 55-45 split.
"Manny Pacquiao can’t tell Floyd Mayweather shit. If and when the fight takes place, Floyd will dictate the terms."
Ellerbe believes, as many do, that Pacquiao is simply using this to draw attention to himself at the moment, and thus to his December 8 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, which is probably the true, most real intention here, even if Pacquiao is telling the truth that he'd take that split.
It's also a harsh stance, but one that at the moment isn't untrue or anything. Like I mentioned before, Mayweather doesn't deal in splits, really. He dictates pretty much everything. Manny would get more money to fight Floyd than anyone else has -- and by a lot -- but Floyd would also make more money than ever, and he wouldn't be budging, giving any extra revenue to Pacquiao that he didn't want to give him.
Ellerbe also says that "in (his) opinion," nobody cares about Pacquiao vs Marquez IV. People have said this a lot, but the large crowd gathered in Mexico City for today's press conference begs to differ. And frankly, so do most things, like general interest in either of the fighters. The fight will be one of the biggest of the year when all is said and done. People do care, even if they aren't raging in anticipation.