Mayweather Promotions’ CEO Makes Controversial Remark Regarding Gervonta Davis’ Next Fight: ‘This is Not a Fight I Picked’

Published 05/25/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Gervonta Davis of The United States celebrates following his fight with Liam Walsh of England in the IBF World Junior Lightweight Championship match at Copper Box Arena on May 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


The 2-weight world champion Gervonta Davis is one of boxing’s brightest young champions in the sport. The superstar fighter has never hidden from a challenge and has shown this once again after accepting his upcoming bout. However, his promoter, Leonard Ellerbe, has made a surprising claim about the impending fight.

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Davis will return to the ring after almost 7 months and move up two weight classes to face champion Mario Barrios. This is a massive step-up for the American. However, it showed the elite attitude of the undefeated American.

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With all the hype surrounding the fight, his promoter, Ellerbe, has dropped a huge bombshell. He spoke to FightHype.com and said, “I think the fight ends in a knockout. [for Gervonta Davis] Most definitely. It’s just a dangerous fight.

“And again, I’m just being honest, this is not a fight I picked. This is not a fight that I picked.”

Thus, this comment confirmed that the Barrios fight was one that ‘Tank’ wanted. Davis comes under criticism for not fighting the best in his division. However, facing a bigger opponent in Barrios proves he is willing to challenge himself to cement his place as one of the best.

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Why does Leonard Ellerbe think Gervonta Davis will win?

The comments from Ellerbe will surprise fans since, generally, it’s the other way around. A fighter wants to make a fight, but the teams cannot agree.

However, this shows the elite mindset of Davis. Despite this, it will still be his toughest fight yet. So why does Ellerbe think he will win?

The promoter explained his decision by saying, “Do I think that Tank’s gonna win in convincing fashion? Most definitely… most definitely.

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“He’s working very hard in camp to go that, you know. But it’s a very dangerous fight. By no means is this a fight where I think Tank just walks in and walks through him.”

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 01: Gervonta Davis celebrates after knocking out and defeating Guillermo Avila of Mexico (not pictured) in their super featherweights bout at the DC Armory on April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Thus, with this comment, Leonard Ellerbe admitted that although ‘Tank’ will beat Barrios, it will not be as straightforward as his previous fights. This statement could also explain why Ellerbe was against the bout in the first place.

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What do you make of these comments from Leonard Ellerbe? Do you think Gervonta Davis is right in pushing for the fight?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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