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Ryan Garcia: Mayweather has hurt feelings after I said Pacquiao has better legacy

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By Allan Fox: Ryan Garcia was amused after seeing the trash-talking interview by Floyd Mayweather Jr. this morning in which he claimed that he’s “ducking” his fighter Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero.

The undefeated lightweight contender ‘King’ Garcia (20-0, 17 KOs) surmises that Floyd got his feelings hurt after he said that he doesn’t want to be like him and that Manny Pacquiao has a “BETTER legacy.”

Ryan Garcia rates Pacquiao higher than Mayweather

It’s easy to see why Ryan feels that Pacquiao has a better legacy than Mayweather. Pacquiao didn’t bail from the sport after fighting a shot Andre Berto in 2015.

Likewise, Pacquiao didn’t look to fight MMA fighter Conor McGregor to break Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record in 2017 in a fight that was sanctioned as a professional boxing match by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

McGregor came into the Mayweather fight with an 0-0 record, never having fought in a pro boxing contest before. It’s difficult to compare that to any sport.

The closest you could come to that would be for a major league baseball player is on the verge of breaking the all-time home run record being allowed to use a professional golfer to pitch to him instead of an MLB pitcher.

You can argue that the McGregor fight should NEVER have been allowed to count as a professional match for Mayweather. But even still, why did Mayweather fight McGregor rather than fight a professional boxer like Errol Spence Jr., Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez, or Gennadiy Golovkin?

Mayweather: Ryan Garcia HASN’T won a world title

“When someone showed me something with a little young fighter, an up and coming fighter, a kid named Ryan Garcia,” said Mayweather to Fighthype. “Then I see a kid Teofimo Lopez, [Devin Haney], you got Tank [Davis].

“Someone showed me when he [Ryan Garcia] was talking about you guys ain’t Floyd Mayweather, as far as those guys using the shoulder roll.

“Listen, I take my hat off to those three fighters [Tank, Teofiimo, and Haney] because those three fighters are world champions. And a guy [King Ryan] that is trying to discredit those three fighters, he hasn’t even won a world title at all. That’s why I try to say that boxing is crazy nowadays. You knock guys for something that you haven’t even done yet.

“You can’t do that. So I’m saying when you look at the sport of boxing, if I’m a fighter, so I have to look at a Floyd Mayweather and say, ‘you know what? I want to be like a Floyd Mayweather before I say I want to be like Oscar Dela Hoya.’

“You have to know Oscar Dela Hoya to know the reasons why. I don’t have to say the reasons why,” said Mayweather.

It’s easy to understand why Ryan Garcia hasn’t won a world title. He’s only 21 and has been fighting for just four years as a pro. It typically takes six to eight years before fighters compete for world titles. Unless your name is Vasily Lomachenko, it takes years before a prospect gets a title shot.

Mayweather promotes Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, so it makes sense for Floyd to be bent out of shape for Ryan to be criticizing him. But if Mayweather wants to let Tank fight Ryan, then he has nothing to complain about. Ryan has made it clear that he WANT the Tank Davis fight.

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Ryan Garcia sees Mayweather as being bitter

It’s so apparent why Ryan Garcia doesn’t want to be like Mayweather because he took the easy route a lot of times. Mayweather fought a lot of guys when they were old and no longer the same fighters they once were. Pacquiao is a perfect example of that.

Mayweather waited six years before he finally fought Pacquiao AFTER Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez had already beaten him.

The way that Mayweather finished out his pro career was weak with him fighting a washed-up Andre Berto, Marcos Maidana, and Robert Guerrero. Towards the end of Mayweather’s career, he wasn’t fighting the best guys.

When you take Pacquiao out of the equation, Floyd was fighting weaker opposition with his Showtime contract. Even Mayweather’s win over Pacquiao isn’t all that impressive, given the fact that the Filipino star was injured at the time with a shoulder problem.

When you look at Mayweather’s career in total, it’s not surprising that Ryan Garcia doesn’t want to be like him. Pacquiao did his career a lot better. He took risks and didn’t look to face old-timers or MMA guys towards the end of his career.

Mayweather: Ryan Garcia is DUCKING Rolly

“I’m a standup guy, I’m an honest guy, and I don’t hide anything,” said Mayweather. “I speak from the heart. And I’m going to give it to your RAW and uncut, whether you like it or not.

“I’m not here to bash anyone, even the fighter [Ryan] Garcia. I’m not here to BASH him. This is the same fighter [Ryan] that came to the Mayweather Boxing Gym and boxed Rolly [Rolando Romero] and RAN out of the gym.

“This is the SAME fighter. No, I wasn’t there, but we got plenty of footage. So before you call out Devin Haney, before you call out the [Teofimo] Lopez champion, and before you call out Gervonta Davis, get passed Rolly first.

“I gave him [Ryan] this offer a long time ago. He’s DUCKING Rolly. All we got to do is this. Once again, I’m NOT bashing the young fighter, but I speak the truth.

“If you’re in the sport of boxing right now, you have to be thankful for a Floyd Mayweather because I transcended the whole sport. Fighters are getting bigger paydays because of Floyd Mayweather.

“As a matter of fact, in sports period. Athletes are getting paid more because of Floyd Mayweather. Of course, I was a pioneer of random blood and urine testing. I talked about that years ago. Everyone, all the critics, said I was a scared fighter. Being scared and being smart are two different things,” said Mayweather.

There’s nothing for Ryan to gain in fighting fringe lightweight contender ‘Rolly’ Rolando Romero. He’s not viewed as one of the future stars in the 135-pound division, and Ryan would be doing Mayweather a big favor by letting Rolly share the ring with him.


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