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Ellerbe: Berto won't blame shoulder like Pacquiao

Leonard Ellerbe offered up his defense of Floyd Mayweather selecting Andre Berto as his final opponent.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, spoke to about Floyd's decision to select Andre Berto as his September opponent. In the interview Ellerbe talks-up the fight, and couldn't help but send a few more parting shots in Manny Pacquiao's direction.

"We know, in fights like that, that Berto isn't going to sit back, and we know he isn't going to be complaining about his shoulder. We've done seen him fight with one arm," Ellerbe said, a reference to Pacquiao, who cited a shoulder injury for limiting him in his 12-round decision loss to Mayweather.

The Mayweather-Berto fight is being roundly criticized by a majority of fans and media, particularly after it was announced as a $75 PPV (for those who order it in HD). But Floyd doesn't listen nor care about the criticism, and Ellerbe won't hesitate to let that be known. Leonard is also playing his part in talking-up the bout, hopefully generating more interest, for what is being promoted as Mayweather's final fight.

"He's never, ever been in a dull fight," Ellerbe said of Berto. "He's been in two fight-of-the-year candidates, with the Ortiz fight and the Guerrero fight. We know he's been knocked down but he gets back up and fights his heart out."

Just for the record, those two fights that Ellerbe is citing are both fights that Andre Berto lost. Not only did Berto lose, but the winners of those fights, Ortiz and Guerrero, immediately went on to fight Floyd Mayweather and got whitewashed - so why should we expect anything different from the loser of those fights?

And for those who believe this fight, which completes Floyd's Showtime contract, is just a ploy to create a bidding war for a 50th fight next May, Ellerbe insists that is not the case. He says that this will truly be Mayweather's last professional fight, and that's the only selling point they need.

"That's a fact. This is Floyd's last fight," Ellerbe said. "I'm not trying to sell it that way. This is going to be his last fight. And the fans get a chance to see Floyd in a very, very exciting fight with a guy that we know is coming to fight."

In complete fairness to Mayweather, there was absolutely no opponent he could've chosen that would've topped his last fight with Manny Pacquiao, but I still feel like this fight with Berto leaves much to be desired...

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