Someone from Gervonta Davis’ team finally responded Wednesday to Ryan Garcia’s persistent social media campaign for the fight Garcia wants next.

Floyd Mayweather, Davis’ promoter, told during a phone interview that Davis is willing to fight Garcia before the end of this year. Davis will “absolutely not,” however, face Garcia at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds, a demand Garcia divulged after he weighed in Friday for his sixth-round knockout of Javier Fortuna on Saturday night at Arena in Los Angeles.

“The main man in the sport of boxing right now is the one that’s attached to me, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis,” Mayweather told FightHype’s Ben Thompson. “That’s the only thing this kid Ryan Garcia, that’s the only thing that he know is ‘Tank.’ That’s the only name that he know is ‘Tank.’ Right? ‘Oh, I wanna fight ‘Tank.’ I don’t care, it’s the biggest fight.’ OK, you wanna fight ‘Tank?’ You know, in boxing, we make sacrifices. So, we know ‘Tank’ fight at 135. So, if you wanna fight ‘Tank’ at 135, we can make it happen before the end of the year.”

Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) weighed in at 140 pounds, the contracted limit, for his victory over Fortuna (37-4-1, 26 KOs, 2 NC), who was dropped once apiece in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. Garcia has won back-to-back bouts in the junior welterweight division and has not made the lightweight limit of 135 pounds since he stopped Luke Campbell in the seventh round of their January 2021 fight for the WBC interim lightweight title.

The 23-year-old Garcia, of Victorville, California, declared after he defeated Fortuna that he is finished fighting at the lightweight limit, but Mayweather informed him that he’ll have to make “sacrifices” if he wants this lucrative showdown with Davis. The 27-year-old Davis, a Baltimore native, stopped Mario Barrios in the 11th round of his only 140-pound fight a year ago in Atlanta, yet his last two wins – a unanimous decision versus Isaac Cruz and a sixth-round knockout of Rolando Romero – were contested at the lightweight maximum of 135.

“You just fought at 135? So, why can’t you fight at 135 again?,” asked Mayweather, who apparently was unaware that the Garcia-Fortuna fight was contested at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds. “He’s young. I could see if he was a lot older. He’s not in his 30s. When you get older, you, you know, guys get older and the weight settle in, and then you be like, ‘OK, I can’t make the weight no more.’ But he’s young. We have to make sacrifices. If it’s certain things that you want in the sport of boxing, like Ryan Garcia really want this fight with ‘Tank,’ so if you really want this fight with ‘Tank,’ sacrifice.

“We have to make sacrifices. Even though I know I wasn’t a 154-pounder, I knew that I wasn’t a junior middleweight, but I knew there was certain sacrifices I have to make. Oscar De La Hoya chose the gloves, chose the judges, he chose everything, the weight class, he chose everything. I knew I was a better fighter. I felt I was a better fighter. And I showed y’all I was the better fighter. So, guess what I did? I made sacrifices. So, if you feel like you can beat ‘Tank,’ you the better fighter, then guess what? Make sacrifices. You just fought at 135. What, we gonna fight in 90 days? We can fight in 90 days if he want to, whatever he wanna do. They gonna get smoked.”

De La Hoya, a fellow Hall-of-Famer Mayweather beat by split decision in May 2007, is Garcia’s promoter. Golden Boy Promotions, De La Hoya’s company, has an exclusive content agreement with DAZN, which competes with Showtime, with which Mayweather Promoters and Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions are partnered.

Mayweather still sees no reason their competing companies can’t come to an agreement to make one of the most marketable bouts in boxing.

“That fight will not be difficult to make,” Mayweather said. “We don’t have a problem. This is what we gonna do, OK? Now, we gonna turn down a lot of things, but we ain’t gonna turn down no money. We turn down our collars, you know, but we ain’t gonna turn down no money. So, with that being said, we all done some foolish things in life, but you know, we not no damn fools. So now, I’m lettin’ Oscar know this – Oscar, we can make the fight happen. The fight gotta be at 135. Even though I was fighting at 147, Oscar said, ‘Floyd, you gotta come to 154.’ Now, he made a sacrifice. Remember this, he made a sacrifice for Manny Pacquiao, but he didn’t wanna make a sacrifice for me because he felt like he was gonna have the edge over me with size. … I was never a 154-pounder. You know, I was always a 130-pounder, beating guys at ’47, ’54, whatever the weight is. I was always a 130-pounder that was able – actually, actually, [I was] a 126-pounder that was able to dominate all throughout the sport of boxing for so many years. So, that’s what it was. I don’t care. We can make the fight happen. You’re hearing it first on FightHype. One-thirty-five is the weight class.

“Now, you gotta do an interview with FightHype. Once you do an interview with FightHype, then we’ll sit down and we’ll talk face to face. You’ve gotta give FightHype a interview, though. That’s a, you know, and that’s a part of my negotiation. Because one thing – of course, ‘Tank’ is the ‘A’ side. Ryan hasn’t won a title yet, because we can’t talk about no little interim belt. We don’t talk about that. That don’t count. And we not takin’ nothing away from the guy Fortuna, but he was just an opponent. I’m gonna have ‘Tank’ in the best shape of his life and just know, you know, when he hit that boy, he ain’t gonna wake up until next year. Don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen, I’m just sh!t-poppin’. I’m just sh!t-talkin’. All jokes aside, we can make the fight happen. You know, truthfully speaking, we can make the fight happen. But the fight gonna happen at 135. Sacrifices. Make the sacrifices, we can make it happen.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.