Gervonta Davis days with Mayweather Promotions could be numbered

By Boxing News - 05/28/2020 - Comments

By Max Seitelman: Gervonta’ Tank’ Davis reportedly isn’t happy with his promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr suddenly taking an interest in training his rival Devin Haney, who is signed with Matchroom Boxing.

If this is a ploy by Mayweather to get Tank Davis to take his career more seriously, it could backfire on him. Instead of it motivating Tank, it might push him away, resulting in the Baltimore native moving on when his contract with Mayweather Promotions expires.

With that said, it’s possible that Tank would move on anyway. You can argue that Davis has outgrown the small Mayweather Promotions company and needs a more significant company now to guide his career.

WBA lightweight champion Davis (23-0, 22 KOs) responded said this week that he won’t be training in Las Vegas, Nevada now.

Tank Davis, 25, has taken some heat for twice missing weight for his fights against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Francisco Fonseca, as well as his new hobby of riding motorcycles. Some believe that Tank Davis lacks the dedication to train year-round.

On the flip side, Devin Haney trains all the time, and he’s dedicated. He’s also someone that Mayweather knows well because he’s been around his gym since he was a kid.

At this point, it’s not looking good for Mayweather Promotions that Tank Davis will re-sign with them when his contract ends. Unless things turn around, Davis may elect to move on, which would be a considerable blow to Mayweather Promotions.

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Is Tank Davis better off moving on?

All good things come to an end, and it might be time for Gervonta to break free and fly once his contract with Mayweather Promotions ends.

Recently, Mayweather has been showing a lot of interest in Haney in training him and taking him around in his jet and showing him his massive mansion in Las Vegas.

“You want to be the best, I’m gonna show you how,” Mayweather said to Haney.

Even if things were going swimmingly between Tank Davis and Mayweather, it might not be a good move for the Baltimore native to re-sign with them after his contract runs out.

“I’ve been doing well by my lonely…..both of their ass opps (opponents) anyway,” Davis said on social media. “I’m ready to fight whoever….including Floyd. That’s not trolling, them facts. I was going to do camp in Las Vegas, but now that’s over with.”

In Tank’s time under contract with Mayweather Promotions, he’s not had any big fights against the popular 130 and 135-pound fighters, and his potential seems to be wasted.

If Tank Davis leaves Mayweather promotions, it could help him get the crucial fights that he needs to take his career to the next level. We’re talking about Tank Davis fighting these type of fighters:

  • Vasily Lomachenko
  • Devin Haney
  • Ryan Garcia
  • Miguel Berchelt
  • Oscar Valdez
  • Shakur Stevenson
  • Teofimo Lopez

Would Tank Davis have a chance to fight some of those fighters if he stayed with Mayweather Promotions? Perhaps but he hasn’t been put in with any of them thus far, has he? Does Mayweather Promotions have a working a good working relationship with Lomachenko, Berchelt, Stevenson, Valdez, Teofimo Berchelt’s promoters at Top Rank? I don’t think so.

Davis’ potential being wasted

While some boxing fans compare Tank Davis to Adrien Broner, another Mayweather protege, he’s much different. Unlike Broner, Tank Davis has incredible talent and is destroying everyone he faces.

Broner was never that type of fighter. When Broner was at his best, he was flawed fighters in the lower weight classes, and he had a significant size advantage over them. Davis is a far better fighter and is someone that could rule the lightweight division if Mayweather promotions were putting him in against the best.

Much is being made about all the training that Mayweather is doing with Devin Haney, but that probably won’t help him get much better than he is. All the training in the world my Mayweather isn’t going to turn Devin Haney into a mini-Floyd Jr. or even Lomachenko for that matter. You have to be born with the ability, and Haney doesn’t have it.

If Mayweather’s goal in training Haney is to motivate Tank, it might work, but it could come at a high cost to him and his promotional company. If Tank moves on after his contract ends, then Mayweather will have sabotaged himself by choosing to train his rival, Haney.

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Gervonta Davis = #1 fighter with Mayweather Promotions

It’s surprising that Tank Davis has stuck it out this long with Mayweather Promotions because there are more prominent promoters out there that would potentially open doors for him. When Adrien Broner brought Tank Davis to Mayweather years ago, it gave him a gift. Unfortunately, Mayweather hasn’t put Tank in with the right opposition to take his career to the next level.

They should have already matched Davis with Lomachenko years ago instead of matching him against weaker guys like 38-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa, Francisco Fonseca, Ricardo Nunez, and Hugo Ruiz. Davis’ potential is being wasted with the weak match-making by Mayweather Promotions.

Tank Davis is easily the most talented fighter in their stable, and you could still say that even if they had Devin Haney with them. Tank is a better fighter than Haney and is better suited to mix it with the elite level guys.

Haney is more of a weaker, slower version of Mayweather after he started having hand problems during his career.

It’s thought that Tank Davis’ decision not to move his training camp to Las Vegas is a kneejerk reaction to Mayweather now spending time with WBC 135-pound champion Haney (24-0, 15 KOs).

Tank Davis to fight in the fall

“It’s looking like the fall,” said Gervonta Davis to WBA president Gilberto Mendoza on social media in talking about his future plans. ”

“I see myself breaking him down around the ninth or 10th round, something like that,” said Tank Davis in predicting a knockout win over Vasiliy Lomachenko.

“I see myself breaking him down. There’s not too many people out there that can stand toe-to-toe with him [Lomachenko], especially at 135. I don’t see anybody standing toe-to-toe.”

A win for Tank Davis over Lomachenko would be a tremendous shot in the arm for his career. Even just fighting Lomachenko would be a massive payday for Tank.

Unfortunately, Lomachenko isn’t in the immediate plans for Tank Davis. His promoters at Mayweather Promotions want to match him against Leo Santa Cruz this year on pay-per-view, a fight that the boxing world isn’t thrilled about.

Santa Cruz recently moved up to super featherweight in his last fight against Miguel Flores, and he looked terrible beating him. Flores is nothing special, as he’d been recently beaten by Dat Nguyen and Chris Avalos.

It won’t do anything for Tank Davis’ career for him to beat Santa Cruz because he’s starting to look like a faded fighter. Additionally, Santa Cruz will have an excuse to use if he loses to Tank by blaming it on his size disadvantage.

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