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Ellerbe: Thurman not in the cards for Mayweather

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Leonard Ellerbe says he respects Keith Thurman, but that he's simply not on Floyd's level and isn't in consideration for September.

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We are nearing the two month mark from Floyd Mayweather's September 12th fight and still no opponent has be chosen. Some thought that Floyd was perhaps waiting to see how Keith Thurman fared against Luis Collazo this weekend before making his final decision, but Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has come out to quash that idea.

"Keith Thurman is a very, very good young fighter who is extremely talented, but he doesn't understand how the game goes," Ellerbe said on Monday night. "Ain't nobody [on Team Mayweather] thinking about Keith Thurman."

"He's a young, hungry fighter. He's willing to challenge the top fighters out there but there's a whole pool of young fighters out there. Last I checked [top prospect] Errol Spence called Keith Thurman out. In my opinion Keith Thurman can't beat Errol Spence."

This first part of these comments are a bit misconstrued. Even in a recent interview Keith Thurman said that he does understand how the game goes, and although he wants the fight with Mayweather, he's under no illusion that it would happen - and he's perfectly okay with that.

"I wish him the best," Ellerbe said of Thurman. "He makes me laugh at some of the things he says. He's funny. He has a great sense of humor. And he got the fight game to back it up. But he's not on Floyd's level. That's no disrespect. Floyd will decide who he's fighting and then let the world know."

Exactly - Thurman isn't on Floyd's level, but clearly the likes of Andre Berto and Karim Mayfield most certainly are, which is why Floyd mentions their names as possible opponents so often. I don't understand how anyone couldn't possibly cope with that logic.