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Mayweather: A Lot Of People Don’t Know Tank’s Boxing Skills Better Than His Power

Floyd Mayweather has urged Gervonta Davis to rely more on his boxing skills during training camp for his upcoming fight against Leo Santa Cruz.

Mayweather, whose company promotes Davis, has helped his head trainer, Calvin Ford, prepare the unbeaten Baltimore native for this Showtime Pay-Per-View bout at Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas. The retired five-division champion has coached Davis on how to handle his first pay-per-view main event both inside and outside of the ring.

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Mayweather wants the 25-year-old Davis to prove to fans and media who mostly consider him a puncher that he can box as well. Davis has knocked out 96 percent of his pro opponents, but Mayweather stressed that there are more dimensions to Davis’ game than power.

“A lot of people don’t know that Tank’s boxing skills is really better than his power,” Mayweather said during a virtual press conference. “He just didn’t have to use his boxing skills. But Tank can really, really box his ass off. So, when we in the boxing gym … we tell Tank a lot of times, ‘Stop always resorting just to your power and use your boxing skills.’ And that’s what Tank did in this training camp.”

Mayweather also praised Santa Cruz for his versatility a few weeks in advance of their 12-round, 130-pound championship match at Alamodome in San Antonio. The 32-year-old Santa Cruz (37-1-1, 19 KOs) isn’t considered a puncher, certainly not within the 130-pound division, but the Rosemead, California, resident is a resilient, relentless volume puncher who promised he’ll thoroughly test the favored Davis (23-0, 22 KOs).

“We know we have a hard fight, I think the hardest fight in my career,” Santa Cruz said. “We’re facing, you know, a hard-hitting fighter. You know, he’s got great skills and he’s, you know, being trained by the best ever, Floyd Mayweather. I know he’s gonna come with everything. So, you know, my determination is to go out there, beat Tank Davis, and I can say I beat one of the best, and I beat, you know, a fighter that’s been trained by Mayweather. So that, for me, that’s gonna be something really big, really great. I’m motivated in the gym. I wanna go out there and give the fans a great fight.” 

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

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Comment by daggum on 10-29-2020

[QUOTE=Pretty Boy32;20844618][B]I agree with floyds guidance and work ethic[/B], tank as a great future ahead of him[/QUOTE] guidance: easy cherry picked fights work eithic:roids roids and more roids, and tank clearly doesnt have floyd's "work ethic" as proven over and…

Comment by daggum on 10-29-2020

well he' only been fighting cans who fall over from a light breeze but his "skills" looked pretty bad agaisnt guys like foneca and gamboa but keep promoting the hype job, it is your job after all.

Comment by Pretty Boy32 on 10-29-2020

[QUOTE=Roadblock;20844035]I think Tank 1/2 trained for that thinking a KO was a formality, there was a part in his career where Tank was reminding me of Broner where flash and party was going to derail him and his boxing, he…

Comment by steeve steel on 10-29-2020

[QUOTE=Roadblock;20844035]I think Tank 1/2 trained for that thinking a KO was a formality, there was a part in his career where Tank was reminding me of Broner where flash and party was going to derail him and his boxing, he…

Comment by Roadblock on 10-29-2020

[QUOTE=jack_the_rippuh;20844363]"Boxing skills" is such an overused term everytime a fighter executes a gameplan or adjusts in a manner that another fighter didn't anticipate. At this level, they all have great boxing skills.. the victor is usually the one who executes…

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