Mayweather Promotions CEO Mourns Floyd’s Former Rival’s Death While Reminiscing Their Fight

Published 01/31/2023, 9:16 AM EST

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Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, posted a tweet that brought back old memories in a lot of people. In the tweet he shared, he watched the recent sparring session between Floyd and Jarvis. The session caused him to watch the match between Floyd and Arturo Gatti. He mourned the death of the ex-champion. He also added that ‘pretty boy’ at that time was just something else.

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The video in question is the post by Floyd on his Instagram of the sparring between him and Jarvis. In the video, Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen dancing around the ring. Jarvis was trying to land punches on him, while Floyd showed the difference in their experiences. He showed that even after reaching this age, he still is able to outclass so many young boxers.

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On June 25th, 2005, Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought against Arturo ‘Thunder’ Gatti for the WBC title in 140 lbs. The fight took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey. From the start, it was obvious that Mayweather was too strong for Arturo Gatti, who was no longer the fighter he once was. The first round had controversy when Mayweather hit Gatti after the referee told the fighters to stop, but the referee didn’t acknowledge it. But fans recently defended this questionably ‘cheap’ act from Floyd.

As the fight continued, Mayweather dominated with his straight right hands and left hooks. Gatti couldn’t keep up and was clearly losing the fight. In the sixth round, Gatti’s left eye started to swell shut, and he could no longer see Mayweather’s punches. Despite Mayweather hitting Gatti with a big left hook, Gatti’s trainer stopped the fight before the start of the seventh round.

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The win put Mayweather at 34-0 and marked his third world title in a different weight class. He went on to finish his professional career with a 50-0 record. The loss for Gatti dropped him to 39-7, and he only fought three more times before retiring in 2007 with a record of 40-9.

The Mystery of Arturo Gatti’s Death: Suicide or Murder?

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Arturo Gatti was a famous Canadian boxer who was known for his exciting and thrilling fights. He was a three-time world champion in the junior lightweight division and was even honored in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012. Sadly, Gatti passed away in 2009 in a hotel room in Brazil. At first, people thought Arturo’s death was suspicious, and the police started a murder investigation. However, after a lot of talking and reporting, the investigation concluded that Arturo’s death was a case of suicide.

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The official report said that Arturo was found hanging from a staircase in his hotel room. He was with his wife Amanda Rodrigues at the time, but she was cleared of any wrongdoing. The case was finally ruled as a suicide. Arturo’s death was a huge loss to the boxing world. He was known for his tough spirit and his bravery to fight anyone, anywhere, at any time. His death ended a great career, and he will always be remembered as one of the best boxers ever.

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Even though the official reports say Arturo’s death was a suicide, some people still question the circumstances that led to his death. Despite this, Arturo’s legacy as a champion fighter will always be remembered and celebrated.

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Chirag Radhyan

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English Honors and is a keen follower of Western Boxing. His journey of love for the sport bloomed in his puberty when he first saw a video of the fight where Mike Tyson TKO'ed Donovan in the seventh round.
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