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Mayweather-Pacquiao 2: Ain’t happening

Floyd’s promotions man says, ‘it’s not always about money'

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By Nick Giongco

LAS VEGAS — Leonard Eller­be, CEO of Floyd Mayweath­er’s promotional firm, made it clear on Saturday that his boss is not coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch.

Manny Pacquiao, center, gets his hand raised following his victory over American Adrien Broner in their WBA welterweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Manny Pacquiao, center, gets his hand raised following his victory over American Adrien Broner in their WBA welterweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Ellerbe’s statements came after Pacquiao’s one-sided victory over run­ning man Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand which Mayweather watched from a premium ringside seat.

“No, he’s retired,” said Ellerbe, stressing that the soon-to-be 42-year-old doesn’t have anything more to prove.

“He has no interest in doing that (rematch with Pacquiao). It’s not al­ways about the money. What can the man do? He didn’t have the motivation and desire. He is living his best life, travelling, running most of his busi­ness, spending his hard-earned mon­ey,” said Ellerbe.

Mayweather recently fought a freaky exhibition match in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve and reportedly doesn’t have the motivation to return to the ring to give Pacquiao the chance to ex­act payback.

“He will be 42 come Feb. 24. Enough is enough. What good would it do if you can’t spend it. He has nothing else to prove. I am very happy for him,” said Ellerbe.

Pacquiao was a bit disappointed that Mayweather seems to be deter­mined to remain retired but nonethe­less looked forward to fighting some of the division’s big guns.

“I will ask my promoter, Al Hay­mon (of Premier Boxing Champions) for the future fights, the next fights,” said Pacquiao, who had to leave even before the post-fight presser ended.

Ellerbe said Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman are attractive alternatives for Pacquiao.

“We know the options. Danny Gar­cia, Thurman,” added Ellerbe.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao landed al­most 50 percent of his power punches on Broner in their 12-round fight.

Pacquiao, making the first defense of the crown, threw 197 power blows and landed 82 for 42 percent.

In contrast, Broner landed a mea­sly 22 percent by unloading just 180 and connecting just 39 for 22 percent.

Pacquiao had a total of 558 and landed 112 for 20 percent while Broner had 295 and scored on just 50 for 17 percent.

In the jabs department, Pacquiao, 40, uncorked 377 and scored on 30 for 8 percent while Broner was a little more superior with a 115 total and 11 con­nects for 10 percent.

Broner, 29, worked behind a piston-like left jab, preventing Pacquiao from following up on his big shots.

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