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Ellerbe: Mayweather and Golden Boy could do business, but Canelo is only attractive option

Leonard Ellerbe says that Floyd Mayweather may do business again with Golden Boy, but their roster lacks many options for his opposition as it stands.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Richard Schaefer's big but totally unsurprising announcement yesterday that he was stepping down as CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Floyd Mayweather decided to announce his support for Schaefer, as he has long done, and indicated that he was also done doing business with Golden Boy.

Today, though, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said they will be open to doing business with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy again, the problem being more that without Al Haymon's fighters in the Golden Boy stable, GBP really doesn't have many real money options for Mayweather to face, saying that only Canelo Alvarez stands out.


"The door is open for future business with Golden Boy but as it relates to September 13, we've got a mega-fight coming up and we're in the planning and preparations stages and we've been that way since the May 3 fight was over," said Ellerbe.

"As far as I'm concerned, the only person that I see in their stable that we can see doing a future fight with where there is big business, that would be against 'Canelo' Alvarez somewhere down the road but we only have a few fights left. We're not sitting around and we've known what we're going to do since the May 3 fight."

Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO) has done disappointing PPV numbers for two of his three fights with Showtime, and the current plan is to fight three more times and call it a career, as per his deal with Showtime and CBS Sports. There are really not many guys out there who can be guaranteed to help Floyd sell a million -- Robert Guerrero and Marcos Maidana both fell short, while Alvarez, of course, was popular enough by himself and enough of an intriguing matchup as an unbeaten, younger, bigger man, that he and Floyd set some records and came close to setting all of them.

This situation is all far from resolved, of course, since it's only officially been a day. But it's worth noting that Showtime currently has just three shows (non-ShoBox) scheduled: June 21 at Stub Hub, July 12 for Canelo, and September 13 for Floyd. Where are their fights going to come from? Who will promote them? It's a whole ordeal.

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