Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis went back-and-forth on Twitter again, with Garcia saying he wants to “put boxing on his back” and go right after Davis following Garcia’s Jan. 2 fight against Luke Campbell, and Davis firing back that he’d send Garcia into retirement, and then, well, here are the Tweets:
Ima have to put boxing on my back after Luke I’m coming straight for tank— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) December 6, 2020
That’s the quickest way to go into retirement.. https://t.co/SKazF0jJks— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) December 7, 2020
It’ll be the quickest shot you ever get hit with when i knock you out! https://t.co/JPVk6lxCD4— Ryan Garcia (@KingRyanG) December 7, 2020
The hope here would be that these two actually get around to a fight, maybe even next year of all the possible times in the world, so long as Garcia gets past Campbell, which is no gimme. But like a lot of fights people would actually want to see, I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you. And I will not hold my own breath, as I am me and it is my choice.
Garcia (20-0, 17 KO) is only 22, but he really does seem genuine about wanting to take the big fights. Fighting Campbell is a legit big step up and no joke at all, and it’s the sort of fight he had issues with Golden Boy to get for himself. Even Teofimo Lopez has expressed some confidence that Garcia will “come around” and be another big name young fighter who actually takes risks. Lopez did not express the same thoughts on Davis, saying Gervonta doesn’t “get it,” and that he’s following Floyd Mayweather’s example, which was hugely successful for Mayweather, but not everyone is Mayweather, either.
And that’s part of the issue here, probably. The 26-year-old Davis (24-0, 23 KO) is promoted by Mayweather’s team, and there’s no love lost between Golden Boy and Mayweather. (In fact, Golden Boy sent Mayweather a cease-and-desist order in early 2019, feeling the Mayweather side were tampering with Garcia.) Add in that Davis wants to be a pay-per-view fighter under the PBC banner and Garcia is currently a key rising name for DAZN, and you’ve got a lot of hoops to jump through.
But who knows! Garcia has had hard grudges that went public with Golden Boy twice, and it’s not unreasonable to think that relationship might not last for the long haul, particularly with Canelo Alvarez successfully getting out of his contract with Golden Boy and immediately moving on to a big fight. That might be a path Garcia could wind up feeling confident about following. For now, for the record, things seem fine between Garcia and Golden Boy.
First things first, Garcia has to beat Campbell (20-3, 16 KO). As for Davis, he also Tweeted that he wants to be on the Mayweather-Logan Paul undercard in February, which could accomplish the dual goal of being on a pay-per-view and also not having to face anyone near being a pay-per-view quality opponent.