Ryan Garcia’s Trainer: Gervonta Davis Is Far More Interesting Than Manny Pacquiao

Published 02/07/2021, 10:30 AM EST
DALLAS, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Ryan Garcia celebrates with Oscar de la Hoya after his victory against Luke Campbell for WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at American Airlines Center on January 02, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions via Getty Images)


In recent times, WBC Interim lightweight champion, Ryan Garcia, has deviated his attention from fighting WBA champion, Gervonta Davis, to fighting Manny Pacquiao. However, Garcia’s trainer Eddy Reynoso still favors ‘Tank’ over ‘Pac-Man’ as the ‘KingRy’s’ upcoming opponent.

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Following a win over Luke Campbell, Ryan Garcia called out Gervonta Davis for an in-ring collision. Later, the two verbally agreed to lock horns. But, Garcia seemingly bagged a fight against Manny Pacquiao and went silent on fighting Davis.

Eddy Reynoso connected with Boxing Scene and commented on Garcia’s next opponents. Although he didn’t curb a possible showdown with Pacquiao, Reynoso still prioritized Davis amongst all.

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He said, “I really don’t like that fight. Manny Pacquiao has all that experience, it’s a fight at a heavier weight against (a naturally) bigger fighter. But in my role as a teacher, my job is to prepare him for these fights that he and the team accept.”

Meanwhile, a fight against WBA titleholder Gervonta Davis seems alluring to the Mexican trainer. It has Reynoso’s interest as he billed Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis as the biggest superstars of the era. He pointed at some facts to validate his claims.

Eddy Reynoso continued, “The fight I like more is ‘Tank’ Davis. To me, it’s a far more interesting fight. They are at the same weight and their fight can exceed expectations. A fight between Ryan Garcia and Tank Davis can be the biggest fight in boxing.

They are two of the biggest stars of this new generation. Manny Pacquiao is great, but he’s part of a past generation. The young fans of Ryan Garcia and young fans of Gervonta Davis are going to want to see that fight.”

What’s in store for Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis?

The current 135 lbs division is full of unbeaten world champions with Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis as two of its prime prodigies. Despite having numerous elites at lightweight, none of the champions have fought each other.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Gervonta Davis weighs in for his WBA Super Featherweight Championship fight against Hugo Ruiz (not pictured) at the The Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Garcia and Davis can end this unfortunate occurrence by meeting inside the ring. While Davis has the WBA title on his shoulders, Garcia can finally have his hands in a bigger belt by bagging a win. He has been a WBC silver champion and now the Interim titleholder. So, beating Davis will make him the WBA world lightweight belt holder.

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The fight will also put both the boxer’s undefeated records at stake. Thus, it will be an intriguing fight for several reasons, and Eddy Reynoso’s statements might make sense for several fans.

Do you think Ryan Garcia should fight Gervonta Davis over Manny Pacquiao? What is your take on Reynoso’s comments?

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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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