Gervonta Davis provided crystal clear clarity on his promotional situation on Monday after months of deleted comments on social media alluding to the notion that he’s no longer contractually tied to Mayweather Promotions.
“First and foremost, love to Mayweather Promotions and all that they have done for me, but I am definitely out of my contract, for sure,” Davis said in a Twitter Spaces conversation hosted by @LazyLeftyOG.
Earlier in the day, Davis was in Washington D.C. to promote his Showtime pay-per-view clash with Hector Luis Garcia, which is set to take place Jan. 7 at the Capital One Arena. In a scrum with reporters, the 28-year-old Baltimore-bred knockout artist Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) elaborated on his ties to Team Mayweather.
“It's just a test run right now with this, you know what I mean. I'm on my own. But much love to Mayweather Promotions, Leonard, Floyd, all them guys. I definitely appreciate them. I'm just doing my own thing now. That said in the future, we can't work together or anything like that. I'm just trying to put my own pants on,” said Davis.
“Floyd is out doing him. He's always been like that. You know what I mean? I have to focus on what I can focus on. He already did what he had to do. I ain't going to lie. If I did what he did in the sport, I'd be the same way. I don't fault him for staying to himself. But it's also a type of thing like, come back and help too. But much love to Mayweather Promotions. It's no bad blood type sh!t. A lot of people think when I'm tweeting I'm mad. But I'm just talking – talking sh!t. I'm tweeting because I'm in camp. I'm angry. If I wasn't in camp, I wouldn't be tweeting.”
Davis’ remarks doubled down on the official communication around his upcoming bout with Garcia. The only reference made to promoters is to TGB Promotions, which promotes many of Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions events, and Davis’ own company, GTD Promotions.
In March, before knocking out then-Mayweather Promotions stablemate Rolando Romero, Davis stated his contract was up and that was the reason why Mayweather Promotions wanted him to fight Romero.
Days after Davis made his comments, Mayweather said “nothing lasts forever.”
Mayweather was mostly missing from the promotion of Davis’ fight versus Romero and was not present in his usual ringside seat as he was for his understudy’s previous fights, when he was going as far as even offering advice in between rounds from the ring apron.
During the lead-up to the Davis-Romero fight, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe insisted that “everything was cool with Tank.”
Over the last 18 months, Mayweather has boxed in four lucrative exhibition bouts. Mayweather was most recently present for Davis’ bout against Isaac Cruz in Dec. 2021 in Los Angeles. He also made remarks at the post-fight press conference further promoting Davis.
Davis previously held two fight camps at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas while preparing for Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2019 and Leo Santa Cruz in 2020.
Davis said he will be training in California for the Garcia fight.
Despite the lukewarm relationship, Davis still holds Mayweather in high regard, saying that in no order, his favorite fighters of all time are Mayweather, Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Pernell Whitaker.
“There’s more than that, but I’m going off the top of my head,” he said.
In addition to the fight with Hector Luis Garcia, Davis also has agreed to a 136-pound catchweight bout against Ryan Garcia, which is set to take place sometime in 2023.
On Sunday, Davis posted a screenshot of an email from Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn in which the British exec confirms that Davis is no longer under promotional contract, all while offering him a fight with Ryan Garcia on DAZN PPV for a purse of $10 million plus a PPV bonus to be agreed on.
In the Twitter Spaces conversation, Davis expanded on how he wants to navigate his career moving forward.
“Old boy [Hearn] send me a crazy offer, but I don't see myself going to ... I don't know, it depends. I don't want to burn my bridges with other people. If it's right, definitely,” said Davis.
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