Floyd Mayweather wants Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia next but has weight demand

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Floyd Mayweather Jr has told Ryan Garcia he will make the fight with Gervonta Davis – but he has to return to lightweight.

Garcia, 23, continued his sharp rise in the sport with a scintillating stoppage of Javier Fortuna last weekend. The American had his opponent down three times on the way to his 23rd career victory.

Thoughts immediately turned to a showdown with fellow American Davis, who holds a version of the WBA lightweight title. Both men have fought at lightweight but Garcia's last two fights have been at 10st while Davis has also previously fought in the bigger division.

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But Davis' promoter Mayweather insists the fight must take place at lightweight if it is to go ahead which could cause issues as Garcia has not fought at the weight since January 2021.

“The main man in the sport of boxing right now is the man that is attached to me, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis,” Mayweather told Fighthype. “That’s the only thing this kid, Ryan Garcia, that’s the only thing he know is Tank.

“‘I want to fight Tank; I don’t care if it’s the biggest fight.’ Okay, you want to fight Tank. In boxing, we make sacrifices. So, we know that Tank fights at 135. If you want to fight Tank at 135, we can make it happen before the end of the year."

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Mayweather appeared to be in the dark that Garcia had moved up to light-welterweight but can see no reason why the flashy American can't move back down.

“He’s young. I could see if he was a lot older,” he added.. “He’s not in his 30s. When you get older, guys get older, and the weight settles in, and then you be like, ‘Okay, I can’t make the weight anymore. But he’s young, and we have to make sacrifices.

“If there’s certain things you want in the sport of boxing, like Ryan Garcia really wants this fight with Tank. So if you really want this fight with Tank, sacrifice. We have to make sacrifices."

Mayweather will have to negotiate with former opponent Oscar De La Hoya to make the fight but he feels that is a good reminder to Garcia about the sacrifices needed.

Boxing icon Mayweather moved up to light-middleweight to take on De La Hoya in a huge pay-per-view event back in 2007. Mayweather won a close decision when they fought.

“Even though I knew I wasn’t a 154-pounder, I knew there were certain sacrifices that I had to make. Oscar De La Hoya chose the gloves, chose the judges, and he chose everything," said 'Money'. "He chose the weight class; he chose everything.

“I knew I was the better fighter; I felt I was the better fighter, and I showed y’all that I was the better fighter. Guess what I did? I made sacrifices.

“So if you feel like you can beat Tank, and you the better fighter, then guess what? Make sacrifices. You just fought at 135 [in January 2021 against Luke Campbell]. We can fight in 90 days if you want to. Whatever you want to do. Ain’t going to get smoked.

“It’s not going to be difficult to make. It’s not going to be a problem.

“This is what we’re going to do. We’re going to turn down a lot of things, but we’re not going to turn down money. We’ve all done some foolish things in life, but we’re not no damn fool. So now, I’ll let Oscar know this. We can make the fight happen."


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