A few hours after being stopped by Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia stood by himself like a child looking for a friend.
Enter Davis and his team.
“Nobody was there (at the press conference) for me,” said Garcia last week on Twitter. “My team just didn’t come to the press conference. I had Tank’s team care about me more than my own team.”
Where was trainer Joe Goossen?
During an interview with Dan Rafael, Goossen expressed his belief that Garcia had already departed from the arena. Nobody told him about the press conference.
I’m prone to believe Goossen.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya was missing in action as well. He said he had received death threats. His bodyguards said he should leave.
Believing De La Hoya is difficult.
After reading Garcia’s tweet, De La Hoya fired a left hook.
“WTF,” De La Hoya said. “It’s been almost two months, and you’re still crying about the post-presser? The blame for your loss is on YOU and your advisor, Lupe. 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.”
De La Hoya has a point. My question is, why alienate your cash cow? Not good business. The cow could take a hike. Likely will.
Garcia countered De La Hoya.
“Okay, buddy. You got it all figured out,” said Garcia. “I’m tired of you disrespecting my whole career, and you think none of it matters. Loyalty and common sense are lost in your head. Stop treating people that way and think they will just accept it.”
It also offended Garcia when De la Hoya posted a second tweet—with a picture of potential opponent Rolly Romero.
“You know I’m about to fight this guy. And you go act buddy-buddy with him. 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.”
De La Hoya fired back—telling Garcia, “It’s called promoting. Who do you think sparked the fight week press conference when it was like being at a funeral? My job is to promote, your job is to fight.”
Garcia jabbed back, “Weren’t you just promoting the fake Pac fight that I already told you I’m not accepting? You really think I’m a fall for that bull twice?”
De la Hoya had the last word.
“Not going to argue over social media. When you have time to sit down, man to man, we can get you another huge payday.”
Not going to argue over social media? Didn’t you do THAT, Oscar?
Garcia is a very young 24. He just lost for the first time in his career. A few years ago, mental issues caused him to step away from professional boxing.
De La Hoya needs to understand this. He was 24 once and made tons of mistakes in his career. Doesn’t he remember how many times he changed trainers? Seven, maybe eight times? Own it.
Oscar De La Hoya was a better fighter than Ryan Garcia will ever be. His assorted out-of-the-ring embarrassments have clouded the memories of many boxing fans.
Memo to promoter De La Hoya. Scold Garcia in private, if you must.
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