Mikey Garcia: Ryan Garcia isn’t ready for Tank Davis
By Dan Ambrose: A badly overweight Mikey Garcia says Ryan Garcia isn’t ready to be taking on Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis right now, and he thinks it would be a better idea for him to face Wbc 135-lb belt-holder Devin Haney.
The former four-division world champion Mikey states that WBA lightweight champion Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) would be a more even match-up for the popular King Ryan (21-0, 18 KOs).
Mikey isn’t sure whether Ryan or Haney waiting for two fights would increase their chances of beating Tank Davis. He thinks they might improve, but there’s no way of knowing. Right now, Mikey says he sees Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) as being on another level with Ryan.
The problem is, Ryan doesn’t want to wait for one or two fights before facing Tank Daivs.
He wants that fight to happen next, and he feels certain that he’s going to beat him. Ryan is so convinced that he will beat the 26-year-old Tank that he’s predicting a second-round knockout win.
As for the grossly overweight Mikey, he says he has no interest in fighting Tank Davis because he doesn’t want to lose weight.
At this point, it’s going to be hard for Mikey to get back down to 147, let alone return to the 135-lb division that he hasn’t fought at since 2018.
Ryan Garcia impressed Mikey
“He did very good. Maybe I told you he’d stop him,” said Miky Garcia to Fighthype on Ryan Garcia’s win over Luke Campbell. “He actually impressed and did a lot more than I expected.
“He made his victory look that much better because he did get dropped. Had he not get dropped, it’s not as big of a deal. Because he did get dropped, he got back up and hurt the opponent, Campbell.
“It makes his victory a lot bigger. It was a good victory. He was not as timid and not as afraid as he sometimes looks in his previous fights. He was not afraid to engage.
“In some of his previous fights, he kind of looked like he’s shy to engage in exchanges. But this time, even though he got caught and hit a couple of times, he kept pressing the fight, kept coming forward, and kept letting his hands go. He looked very good,” said Mikey.
Ryan Garcia getting stopped by Luke Campbell in the second round last Saturday night, didn’t impress the fans.
If anything, Ryan getting dropped by the light-hitting Campbell (20-4, 16 KOs) took away from his victory because it showed that he’s vulnerable, even against B-level fighters with no power.
It’s great that King Ryan could get back up from the knockdown, but that instills confidence. Gettig dropped by a limited fighter like Campbell showed that Ryan isn’t ready for the big time.
Mikey: Ryan Garcia isn’t ready for Tank Davis
“I don’t think he’s ready for Tank,” said Mikey about Ryan Garcia. “It’s hard to say he’s not ready for Tank.
“I said he’s not ready. It’s hard to say that because is he going to improve that much more in one or two fights and then all of a sudden be ready?” said Mikey about Ryan.
“You can’t really say that. I don’t think he’s ready right now. And I don’t think he beats Tank. I think Devin Haney is a more even fight [for Ryan Garcia] than a fight with Tank.
“I think Devin Haney is a good match-up for both, but Tank is another level above. And I don’t think either of them are going to beat Tank. Are they ready for him? Maybe a fight or two.
“Does that make a big difference? I don’t know,” said Mikey about whether Ryan Garcia and Haney would be ready to take on Davis in a fight or two. “They could definitely try and get that fight next, but I don’t think they’d beat Tank,” said Mikey.
Ryan should listen to Mikey because he could save himself the embarrassment of being knocked out by Tank Davis.
I mean, getting dropped by Campbell has to be viewed as a sign that Ryan has no business stepping into the ring with Tank.
Mikey Garcia doesn’t want to lose weight for Tank
“I don’t want to lose weight for 135,” said Mikey in shaking his head when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Tank Davis. “Let’s just go there. I ain’t losing weight.
“I’ll be racing cars on the weekend maybe,” said Mikey when asked if fans will hear from him soon. “An honest guess, sometime in May,” said Mikey on when he might return to the ring. “Maybe May.”
As big as Mikey is right now, he shouldn’t be trying to get back in the ring by May 2021. He needs to take that weight off and control his diet slowly.
Mikey last fought in February 2020, beating second-tier welterweight Jessie Vargas. He didn’t look good in beating Vargas, who is over-the-hill since his loss to Manny Pacquiao.
Losing weight wouldn’t hurt Mikey
The only chance Mikey has in finding success is if he returns to the 135-pound division. It’s doubtful that Mikey will be able to do that because he’s too fat. He’s been living the good life after getting nice paydays against Vargas and Errol Spence Jr.
Last year, Mikey tried to hustle a fight against Manny Pacquiao, but unfortunately, the Filipino star chose not to fight him. You can argue Mikey getting obese and not fighting hard hurt his chances of getting the Pacquiao fight.
If Pacquiao, do you really want to face Mikey after seeing how blown up he is? Pacquiao likely sees how big Mikey has gotten and figures he’s not going to take the chance of setting up a fight against him.
It’s too risky. Mikey might miss weight given how terribly overweight he is now.
Pacquiao wouldn’t get any credit for beating Mikey, which is obviously another reason it’s not worth fighting him.
Mikey shouldn’t have let his weight get out of control the way he has since his fight with Jessie Vargas last February.
If the 32-year-old Mikey is trying to hustle fights against the big names like Pacquiao, you’re not going to help yourself if you let your weight get out of control the way he has.
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