Ryan Garcia Condemns Floyd Mayweather for Failing to Set an Example, Shuts Down Comparisons With ‘the Best Ever’

Published 01/15/2021, 7:44 AM EST


WBC Interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia doesn’t want himself to be compared with the unbeaten veteran Floyd Mayweather. Although he respects Mayweather’s fighting abilities, ‘KingRy’ wants to have a career that is distinct to Mayweather’s.

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Being an undefeated world champion himself, Garcia has attained superstardom at an early stage. This is pretty similar to Mayweather’s professional career trajectory. That said, fans often bill ‘KingRy’ as the ‘face of boxing’ for the upcoming generation. This is something that Mayweather was for the previous generation. However, the 22-year-old wants to eclipse the 50-0 boxer.

Ryan Garcia connected with Rich Eisen Show to address the comparisons with Floyd Mayweather. He claimed to be the “polar opposite” to Mayweather before denouncing the retired pugilist under several parameters.

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“I see Floyd (Mayweather) and my name mentioned as two opposites. Like, I think I am a kind of reflection of myself. He had it all, he knew what he had to do inside the ring. He had a good sense of fighting. Yet he didn’t set a good example for people that look up to him and people who ultimately see him as an inspiration,” said Garcia.

Garcia has also vowed to set a good example with his fighting career and leave an impact for the future generation.

He continued, “So, honestly, we are polar opposites. I am here to set a good example for the future generation to see me and to see what a champion is really about. And, he is basically someone who had the chance to do it and didn’t do it.”

Ryan Garcia lashes out at Floyd Mayweather- What does it mean?

The ongoing banter can finally materialize a fight between WBC Interim champion Ryan Garcia and WBA title-holder Gervonta Davis. Davis is sheltered by Mayweather’s promotion, and Garcia is under Oscar De La Hoya’s stable.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Garcia poses after defeating Romero Duno in a lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia won with a first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Since De La Hoya and Mayweather have been prime rivals during their active run, their prodigies display a similar aura in the ongoing title tale. While Garcia has lashed out at Mayweather, his prodigy Davis can step up to silence the Mexican-American pugilist.

So, it intensifies their upcoming fight, citing an electrifying lightweight classic for the modern-era fans. Meanwhile, fans will wait for Mayweather’s reaction to Garcia’s criticisms.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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