Golden Boy Promotions feels that Floyd Mayweather has been tampering with prospect Ryan Garcia, and the company has filed a cease-and-desist letter to to the fighter-turned-promoter over recent comments, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The situation has been growing over recent weeks. Garcia (17-0, 14 KO) is a 20-year-old lightweight prospect with a big social media following, and Golden Boy see him as a future superstar in the sport.
But Garcia has also been angling for a fight with Mayweather-promoted Gervonta Davis (21-0, 20 KO), a super featherweight titleholder. That’s all fine and good, fighters challenge other fighters all the time, even when they’re unlikely to actually fight due to political issues within the sport and its promoters, which is definitely the case here.
What Golden Boy has taken issue with is a series of events that started on Feb. 9, when Garcia went to Davis’ fight instead a Golden Boy card that same night. Mayweather on camera offered Garcia $200,000 if he can beat Rolando Romero (7-0, 6 KO), a 23-year-old lightweight prospect promoted by Mayweather.
Garcia was then seen on a video attending a Mayweather birthday party, and finally Golden Boy decided to take action. Mayweather has been warned that “any further activity perceived as tampering could generate legal action.”
As for Garcia’s in-ring career, which is what most of us care way more about, that continues on March 30, when he headlines a DAZN-streamed card against Jose Lopez (20-3-1, 14 KO).