If the Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis “superfight” is going to happen, it will need to involve their respective handlers. Given the bad blood between Oscar De La Hoya, Garcia’s promoter, and Al Haymon, Davis’ manager, that is no sure thing.
One silver lining, however, is that Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) himself seems to be on friendly terms with Haymon, a powerful but low-key figure in the sport, to the point that he apparently received a phone call from the mystery man himself 10 minutes before he walked into the ring to face Luke Campbell, whom Garcia ended up stopping in the seventh round of their lightweight bout on Jan. 2.
Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) first alluded to this conversation online in a now-deleted tweet in which he wrote, "You know who you talked to 10 mins before ya ring walk…the fight already been made..now..shut up and get ready!”
Garcia confirmed as much in an interview with Chris Mannix on the SI Boxing Podcast, although he downplayed the idea that anything of substance was broached.
“He’s (Davis) trying to make it seemed like we talked about the contracts and the exact details, but, man, don’t let him paint that picture,” Garcia said. “The truth of the matter is I talked to Al Haymon for five seconds.
“All he said was ‘Good luck, champ, go get him.’ There was nothing more to it. We didn’t even mention Tank’s name, to be honest. He just said good luck champ go get him. That was it. There was nothing crazy.
“I think I had one other conversation with him (Haymon), but I never had a long conversation with him. But people take too much out of that."
De La Hoya had a falling out with Haymon several years ago after Haymon, who managed many of the top Golden Boy fighters, bought out their contracts in order to pursue a new promotional path for the likes of Deontay Wilder, Errol Spence Jr., Danny Garcia, and Keith under Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions outfit. De La Hoya took Haymon to court before the two sides settled in 2015. The bad blood persists to this day.
Still, however casual the interaction may have been between Garcia and Haymon, the phone call seems noteworthy if only because it runs counter to the prevailing political divisions in the sport, in which the key power players – Golden Boy, Top Rank, Matchroom, and Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions – rarely interact with each other. Cognizant of the acrimonious relationships between these entities, Garcia said he would not let those business conflicts affect the way he behaves – or threaten the Davis fight that he so covets.
"I could talk to you, I could talk to (promoter) Eddie Hearn," Garcia said. "I could talk to anybody, it don’t mean I’m shady or I’m doing anything crazy. Maybe I’m saying ‘Hi’”.
“I would never hate anybody. I don’t care to hate anybody. I don’t care what side I am. If you’re a good person, you’re a good person. Point blank period. I don’t care about this guy or that guy, it don’t matter to me. I’mma keep it love.”