Ryan Garcia and Oscar De La Hoya remain embroiled in a very public feud.
The junior welterweight contender has grown tired of the antics performed by the co-founder and head of Golden Boy Promotions, as the two continue to take shots at each other through social media. Garcia recently went public with his disappointment in the lack of support in the aftermath of his April 22 knockout loss to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
De La Hoya was not present at the post-fight press conference, alleging to have received death threats during fight night and opted to leave the site immediately after the main event. His absence irritated Garcia, who has not spoken in person with his estranged—but still contractually bound—promoter since that night. In fact, he recently claimed that he felt greater support from Davis’ team than his own—a comment which didn’t sit well the Golden Boy head.
“Wtf @RyanGarcia it’s been almost two months and [you’re] still crying about the post presser,” De La Hoya tweeted on Thursday. “The blame for your loss is on YOU and your “advisor” Lupe (Guadalupe Valencia). He is the only one who pushed you to accept that INSANE rehydration clause and THAT is the reason you lost. Man up. Own that.
“Also, you keep saying “tanks team offered more support for you” blah blah blah. Bro they SET YOU UP TO LOSE with that rehydration clause and most importantly…AL HAYMON DIDNT EVEN SHOW UP THE ENTIRE WEEK. Actually, he NEVER shows up. How’s that for “support”???”
The comment was met with disappointment and an immediate response from the still-relevant and rising star.
“Okay buddy, you got it all figured out,” Garcia stated. “Tired of you disrespecting my whole career and you think [none] of it matters.
“Loyalty and common sense is lost in your head. Stop treating people that way and think they will just accept it.”
Garcia (23-1, 19KOs) signed a long-term contract extension in 2019, with the deal believed to run through the end of 2026.
That said, he has been on his own path for much of 2023 and even leading into the year. He acted on his own accord in bypassing a January 28 stay-busy fight versus Mercito Gesta, insisting that he signed up for big fights only and was content to head directly into April 22 on the heels of a nine-month ring absence by the opening bell.
The move did not sit well with Golden Boy, though the staff remained relatively quiet in the interim. De La Hoya stated afterward his belief that Garcia would have benefited from the January 28 fight date and also put himself at a disadvantage by agreeing to all of Davis’ terms, including a same-day rehydration clause.
Garcia parted ways with trainer Joe Goossen immediately after the loss to Davis. He has since resurfaced in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas, Texas where he has joined the stable of Derrick James, the 2022 Trainer of the Year who currently guides unified welterweight titlist Errol Spence (28-0, 22KOs), undisputed junior middleweight king Jermell Charlo (35-1-1, 19KOs), unbeaten lightweight contender Frank Martin and former two-time unified heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua.
Meanwhile, De La Hoya continues to keep his own name plastered on social media. The Hall of Fame former six-division titlist recently posted an image posing with WBA junior welterweight titlist Rolando Romero (15-1, 13KOs), who attended the May 27 Golden Boy show on DAZN featuring Alexis Rocha in Indio, California.
“With my man @rolliesss here supporting my next world champion @alexisrocha777,” noted De La Hoya.
Garcia took issue with the slight, noting that Romero is a potential future opponent as the two recently called each other out for a mouthwatering title fight that could take place towards the end of the year.
“You know I’m about to fight this guy And you go act buddy buddy with him,” noted Garcia. “You don’t care about your fighters. Really tired of this fake act!! STOP THE CAP BE REAL FOR ONCE MAN.
“I can respect you more if you just told me the truth, you’re in it for the cash. No love lost.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox