Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s adviser accused boxing promoter Bob Arum of “misdirecting” boxing fans about the Manny Pacquiao fight.
Leonarde Ellerbe, a close friend and adviser of the undefeated American boxer, said he is no longer surprised with Arum’s maneuverings which allegedly prevented Mayweather from reaching a deal to fight Pacquiao on May 5.
“Doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s just [that] Bob is an excellent businessman. He’s been a great promoter for thirty-plus years and he knows the ins and outs of the sport,” he said in Examiner.com.
“He’s very, very, very good at misdirecting the public. Very good at that,” added Ellerbe.
Mayweather’s aide claimed Arum is just making excuses to block the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
He cited as an example Arum’s proposal to construct a temporary stadium that will host the super fight.
“Think about this for a second… It takes several months to do something like that. Anytime you’re dealing with construction, there’s always going to be delays,” he said.
“And we’re talking about a temporary venue out in the middle of a dusty parking lot with bleacher seating.”
Arum claimed the fight stands to earn $40 million to $60 million more in a bigger stadium.