BROOKLYN, N.Y. – For Calvin Ford, the recent social media grumblings from Gervonta “Tank” Davis are just signs of growing pains, nothing more.

Ford, the longtime trainer of the hard hitting Baltimore native, brushed aside concerns that his mentee could be on the outs with his promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. after recent tweets Davis published – now deleted – seemed to take aim at his famed handler. In his tweets, Davis, 27, indicated that his upcoming fight against promotional stablemate Rolando Romero, 26, was heavily pushed for by Mayweather and Co. because the fight is Davis’ last on his contract with the company.

In a news conference at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last month to promote the May 28 lightweight bout between Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) and Romero (14-0, 12 KOs), Davis and Leonard Ellerbre, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, refused to take questions regarding the conflict. Mayweather was not present because he had his own presser to attend for an exhibition fight to take place in May in Dubai. That prompted Davis to fire off another tweet (now deleted) in which he labelled Mayweather as being “jealous.”

Ford, who was present at the presser, offered his thoughts on the subject, saying that given all that Davis has accomplished under Mayweather’s guidance he did not think this charge would be leaving his core team anytime soon. Davis has emerged in recent years as a pay-per-view headliner with legitimate crossover appeal.

“It’s about good business,” Ford told “The people in our circle who bring the business to the table, that’s where the decisions are made. They [Davis and Mayweather] gon’ always do business together because they’re all in the same circle."

The “same circle” is a reference to Al Haymon, the influential manager and creator of Premier Boxing Champions, the outfit under which Davis fights, and person presumed to be in charge of handling the most consequential levers in Davis’ career. Haymon managed Mayweather when he was still active as a fighter.

So long as Davis and Haymon are on the same page, Ford suggested, the quibbles with Mayweather should be seen as incidental, not existential, in nature.  

“Al is like dad to Floyd,” Floyd said, giving an analogy. “Now [Haymon] doing the same thing [for Davis],” Ford said. “I look at that situation, Al is like the dad and Floyd is like [Mayweather’s uncle and trainer] Roger to Tank. You get it?

“You gonna see the differences. At the same time it’s about good business. At the end of the day  look at what they’ve done together. They’re the best in boxing.”

Ford said as Davis continues to broaden his star appeal it is only natural that he will become more curious about the business side of the sport, even if it means butting heads at times with his closest associates, adding that Mayweather himself had gone through similar travails when he was a professional.

“[Davis] just wants to be able to have his say and learn how Floyd learned,” Ford said. “It’s time for him to really understand what he’s doing other than just fighting.

“If you look at how Floyd did his career, you gotta remember them young mens grew up looking up to Floyd, so they don’t want the same thing he wants. Tank is just going through the same transitions that Floyd went through. Nothing different. Floyd said in his interviews that he respected talent, not the money."