On Wednesday, Ryan Garcia’s continuous social media campaign for the next fight Garcia desires finally received a response from someone in Gervonta Davis’ management.
During a phone conversation with FightHype.com, Floyd Mayweather, Davis’ promoter, stated that Davis is ready to face Garcia before the year is through. Garcia, who defeated Javier Fortuna in the sixth round on Saturday night at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, demanded that Davis “absolutely not” fight him at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds.
“The main man in the sport of boxing right now is the one that’s attached to me, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis,” Mayweather told FightHype’s Ben Thompson. “That’s the only thing about this kid Ryan Garcia, that’s the only thing that he knows is ‘Tank.’ That’s the only name that he knows is ‘Tank.’ Right? ‘Oh, I wanna fight ‘Tank.’ I don’t care, it’s the biggest fight.’ OK, you wanna fight ‘Tank?’ You know, in boxing, we make sacrifices. So, we know ‘Tank’ fights at 135. So, if you wanna fight ‘Tank’ at 135, we can make it happen before the end of the year.”
For his victory over Fortuna (37 to 4 to 1, 26 KOs, 2 NC), Garcia (23 to 0, 19 KOs) weighed in at 140 pounds, the stipulated limit. Fortuna was dropped once in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds. Since stopping Luke Campbell in the seventh round of their fight for the WBC interim lightweight championship in January 2021, Garcia has won back-to-back fights in the junior welterweight division and has not reached the lightweight limit of 135 pounds.
After defeating Fortuna, the 23-year-old Garcia of Victorville, California, proclaimed that he was done competing at the lightweight limit. However, Mayweather told him that if he wanted this lucrative matchup with Davis, he would have to make “sacrifices.” The 27-year-old Davis, a native of Baltimore, knocked out Rolando Romero in the sixth round of their bout in Atlanta a year ago. However, his last two victories over Isaac Cruz and Rolando Romero were contested at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds.
“You just fought at 135? So, why can’t you fight at 135 again?” asked Mayweather, who reportedly didn’t know that Garcia-fight Fortuna’s 0-pound junior welterweight limit. “He’s young. I could see if he was a lot older. He’s not in his 30s. When you get older, you, you know, guys get older and the weight settles in, and then you be like, ‘OK, I can’t make the weight any more.’ But he’s young. We have to make sacrifices. If it’s certain things that you want in the sport of boxing, like Ryan Garcia really want this fight with ‘Tank,’ so if you really want this fight with ‘Tank,’ sacrifice.
“We have to make sacrifices. Even though I know I wasn’t a 154-pounder, I knew that I wasn’t a junior middleweight, but I knew there were certain sacrifices I had to make. Oscar De La Hoya chose the gloves, chose the judges, he chose everything, the weight class, he chose everything. I knew I was a better fighter. I felt I was a better fighter. And I showed y’all I was the better fighter. So, guess what I did? I made sacrifices. So, if you feel like you can beat ‘Tank,’ you the better fighter, then guess what? Make sacrifices. You just fought at 135. What, we’re gonna fight in 90 days? We can fight in 90 days if he wants to, whatever he wants to do. They’re gonna get smoked.”
Garcia’s promoter is De La Hoya, a fellow Hall of Famer whom Mayweather lost to by split decision in May 2007. With DAZN, a streaming service that competes with Showtime and is partnered with Mayweather Promoters and Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, De La Hoya’s organization, Golden Boy Promotions, has an exclusive content agreement.
Mayweather continues to believe that their rival firms can reach a deal to produce one of the most commercially successful boxing matches.
“That fight will not be difficult to make,” Mayweather said. “We don’t have a problem. This is what we’re gonna do, OK? Now, we’re gonna turn down a lot of things, but we ain’t gonna turn down no money. We turn down our collars, you know, but we ain’t gonna turn down no money. So, with that being said, we all have done some foolish things in life, but you know, we are not no damn fools. So now, I’m lettin’ Oscar know this – Oscar, we can make the fight happen. The fight gotta be at 135. Even though I was fighting at 147, Oscar said, ‘Floyd, you gotta come to 154.’ Now, he made a sacrifice. Remember this, he made a sacrifice for Manny Pacquiao, but he didn’t wanna make a sacrifice for me because he felt like he was gonna have the edge over me with size. … I was never a 154-pounder. You know, I was always a 130-pounder, beating guys at ’47, ’54, whatever the weight is. I was always a 130-pounder that was able – actually, actually, [I was] a 126-pounder that was able to dominate all throughout the sport of boxing for so many years. So, that’s what it was. I don’t care. We can make the fight happen. You’re hearing it first on FightHype. One-thirty-five is the weight class.
“Now, you gotta do an interview with FightHype. Once you do an interview with FightHype, then we’ll sit down and we’ll talk face to face. You’ve gotta give FightHype a interview, though. That’s a, you know, and that’s a part of my negotiation. Because one thing – of course, ‘Tank’ is the ‘A’ side. Ryan hasn’t won a title yet, because we can’t talk about no little interim belt. We don’t talk about that. That don’t count. And we were not taking’ nothing away from the guy Fortuna, but he was just an opponent. I’m gonna have ‘Tank’ in the best shape of his life and just know, you know, when he hit that boy, he ain’t gonna wake up until next year. Don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen, I’m just sh!t-poppin’. I’m just sh!t-talkin’. All jokes aside, we can make the fight happen. You know, truthfully speaking, we can make the fight happen. But the fight gonna happen at 135. Sacrifices. Make the sacrifices, we can make it happen.”