May 7, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya attends a light heavyweight championship bout at T-Mobile Arena between Dimitry Bivol (not pictured) and Canelo Alvarez (not pictured). Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Oscar De La Hoya made a big prediction about a potential Ryan Garcia-Gervonta Davis fight.
Garcia and Davis are both undefeated and typically fight with 135 or 140 weight limits. There has been talk over the last several months about the two potentially squaring off in April. De La Hoya says such a fight is going to happen. Not only that, but Oscar thinks the fight will do huge numbers in terms of pay-per-view buys.
De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions represent Garcia, while Davis is now his own promoter after leaving Mayweather Promotions.
“We’re all working together to blow this one out of the water,” De La Hoya said on The MMA Hour. “We want to make sure that this event here, because it’s such a special fight, we want to make sure that this fight does 2, 2.5, 3 million homes. This is that type of event.
“Realistically, close to 2.5,” De La Hoya said of how many buys the fight could generate.
2.5 million buys would be a massive number. Only the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao (4.6 million) and Mayweather-Conor McGregor (4.3 million) have generated more than 2.5 million buys.
De La Hoya is a promoter, so it’s his job to hype up a fight.
Will such a fight approach those numbers? We will see, but De La Hoya is doing his best to make it happen.
The other thing he needs to work harder on is finalizing a deal. As of now, nothing has been finalized between the sides. Getting the two in the ring will be the biggest challenge of all.
Apr 17, 2016; Long Beach, CA, USA; Oscar De La Hoya poses during the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the streets of Long Beach. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The boxing world was buzzing on Thursday after both Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis announced via Instagram that they had agreed to fight next year. However, Oscar De La Hoya has issued a small cautionary message.
De La Hoya promotes Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) and wrote a note on Twitter about the fight.
“The fans have been crystal clear that the fight they want is Ryan versus Tank. Golden Boy Promotions and I are proud to be leading the drive to get this fight signed and are excited to get a deal finalized ASAP. It’s high time that those outside the ring stop getting in the way of those who want nothing more than to get into the ring and fight. Our motto has always been that the fans come first, and this is just another example of how we’re leading by example,” De La Hoya said in a statement released through his Twitter account.
What you’ll notice in his statement is that De La Hoya said that the fight was not yet signed or finalized.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger said the fight was set to take place in April at a 136-pound catchweight.
Despite the announcements, there are a few hurdles.
One is that Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) is still scheduled to fight in January, so all has to go well there for him to be ready for a fight in April. The other is just what De La Hoya said: until the fighters have signed a contract, and finalize matters, nothing is definitive.
This is boxing, and far too often they fail to deliver on big fights. Just ask those who wanted to see Bud Crawford and Errol Spence fight.
The win made Garcia 23-0 with 19 wins coming via knockout. The Southern California native has established himself as one of the best fighters in the world at 140 pounds. That’s why he called out Gervonta “Tank” Davis after the win.
“I will fight Tank next. If Tank wants that at 140 … if he want it, let’s get it,” Garcia said in his postfight interview with DAZN.
“Look, Ryan has a lot of talent,” said Alvarez. “But to me in my eyes, he’s wasting a lot of time and wasting his talent. I look at him and don’t see him 100 percent dedicated and, to us, that’s a bad signal. We always remind him as a team to come to the gym, to train, and to learn because you need to be in the gym.
“You’re learning day-by-day, at the very minimum fighting five times a year,” Alvarez continued. “When I was beginning my career, I did 15 fights in one year. That’s where I was at the beginning of my career. So definitely he needs to be a little more dedicated.”
The 23-year-old Garcia is a perfect 21-0 to this point of his five-year boxing career with 18 knockouts. But he has fought just three times in the last two years and counting. That pales in comparison to Alvarez, who had 35 fights in his first five years. Garcia also has a strong following on social media and often focuses on posting viral workout videos, which many see as a negative.
Granted, Garcia recently took time away from the ring because of mental health issues and is slated to face Joseph Diaz Jr. in his comeback bout on Nov. 27. But with boxing quickly taking a turn for the worse, Alvarez might be hoping to light a fire under the young guy who could help save the sport.