By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. took to social media on Tuesday to let Boxing fans know that he’s passing his throne to former super featherweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis. Standing next to an overweight looking Davis (22-0, 21 KOs), Mayweather let the world now that Tank rates himself as the #1 fighter in Boxing. The fans don’t agree.
Lately, the fans have fluctuated between rating Vasiliy Lomachenko or Devin Haney as the #1 fighter in Boxing. Gervonta isn’t even in the discussion. Haney is starting to surpass Lomachenko with the ease that he’s winning his fights. While Lomachenko is getting lumped up in struggling to beat guys like Luke Campbell, Haney is winning his fights without suffering so much as a scratch. Some see Haney as the next Mayweather, but a better version.
Mayweather Promotions has waited too long to match Gervonta against Lomachenko. Now the young 20-year-old soaring star Devin Haney is looking to cut in front of the reluctant Geronta to take the Lomachenko fight, and kick him off the mountain. Haney is ready to do the job, while Gervonta is still spinning his wheels at 24, fighting old guys.
Devin Haney making Gervonta look bad by calling out Lomachenko
Unfortunately for Tank Davis, the fans are starting to tire of his mismatches against old timers, and unknown fighters. They want to see Gervonta step it up and face Lomachenko before he’s ready for his rocking chair.
The fans want to see Tank Davis fight Lomachenko before he’s over-the-hill. The 20-year-old Devin Haney has been showing a tremendous amount of courage in calling out the 31-year-old Lomachenko, asking him for a fight.
Gervonta is 24, and he’s STILL not ready to fight Lomachenko for some reason. When Boxing fans see a younger fighter like Haney (23-0, 14 KOs) calling out Lomachenko, it makes Tank Davis look bad in comparison, because he’s not been trying to fight Loma.
Mayweather then said that he’ll be the one that does the talking for Gervonta outside of the ring. Gervonta isn’t a big talker, so it makes sense for Mayweather to be the one that talks for him outside of the ring.
Floyd asks Gervonta how he rates himself
Mayweather: “Tank, tell the world where you rank yourself pound-for-pound”
Gervonta Davis: “I’m #1”
Mayweather: “Okay, once again, I want the people to notice, where do you rank yourself in the sport of Boxing right now?”
Mayweather: “Hey, he let’s his hands do the talking, and on the outside, I’m going to do the talking. Follow the uno. I’m out.”
Fans don’t see Gervonta Davis as #1 pound-for-pound
Mayweather Promotions is waiting too long in letting the Lomachenko vs. Tank Davis fight marinate. A lot of fans think the reason why they’re not making the Lomachenko-Davis fight is because they’re waiting for Lomachenko to get so old that the victory will be virtually guaranteed for Tank.
If that’s the plan that Mayweather Promotions has for Gervonta Davis, then it’s going to backfire, because Haney is going to get to Lomachenko first, and likely beat him.
Even if Haney were to lose to Lomachenko, his popularity is going to soar due to him showing the courage to fight him while he’s still close to being in his prime. Let’s not kid ourselves. Lomachenko is on the downside of his career. It’s as plain as day that Lomachenko is on the slide, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s moving down to 130. He wants to try and extend his career as long as possible.
Lomachenko’s promoters want Gervonta but not Haney
Top Rank saw how much punishment that Lomachenko took in his fights against Luke Campbell, Jose Pedraza and Jorge Linares, and they’re not even trying to match him against Haney. But they do want to put Lomachenko in with Gervonta. What does that tell you?
They clearly see weakness in Gervonta, so they want to match Lomachenko against a fighter that they think he can beat. If Top Rank thought the same way about Haney, they’d likely take him up on his offer to fight Lomachenko. Haney’s confidence has to be scary for Top Rank.
— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) October 1, 2019