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By Max Schramm: Ryan Garcia called out Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis last Sunday night after his win over Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz. Ryan (21-0, 18 KOs) let his followers know on social media that Floyd Mayweather Jr. can’t protect Tank Davis (26-0, 24 KOs) forever.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe was dismissive when he was asked about the possibility of putting together fights between Tank Davis and Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney in 2022. Ellerbe’s answer to that question is that these were not big fights.

He then said that Tank will continue to be out in big fights, which was an unusual answer because he’s yet to be in ANY big fights during his eight-year professional career.

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Fans are starting to catch on with the way Tank is being matched by his promoters that they’re making sure that they keep him out of harm’s way of the top 135 and 140-pound fighters.

You can’t blame Mayweather and his promotional company for being selective about who they match Tank against because he’s making good money fighting opposition that essentially would be rolled over by most if not all the top five of the 135 and 140-lb weight classes.

Tank’s last four opponents:

Isaac Cruz
Mario Barrios
Leo Santa Cruz
Yuriorkis Gamboa

None of those fighters can be considered ‘big fights” because they weren’t elite-level guys. Although Gamboa and Santa Cruz were elite fighters in their primes, by the time Tank Davis fought them, they were long in the tooth.

“Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia were on the verge of a deal last year before Ryan pursued the Manny Pacquiao event. Turned out the funding really wasn’t there. By the time Garcia’s team returned to the prospect of Tank, Davis moved on to the Barrios bout,” said @MikeCoppinger on WHY the Tank Davis vs. Ryan Garcia fight didn’t happen in 2020.

Tank dismisses Ryan Garcia fight option

Mayweather: “This kid, Ryan Garcia. Tank got his followers from kicking a**. Ryan Garcia got his followers from YouTube. There’s a difference. So, do you want to be a YouTuber, or do you want to be a fighter? Tank is a fighter.”

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Tank Davis: “Yeah, Instagram fighter [Ryan Garcia]. We don’t worry about him. YouTuber, yeah. He’s a pretty girl, that’s what he is. He’s just talking.”

Ryan Garcia: “Never offered me anything, typical Mayweather games. I know you like to beat on “pretty girls” but this one going to beat your ass back,” said Ryan Garcia.

We all know Luke Campbell is better than all of Tank’s opposition, Tank can’t beat me he knows that and Mayweather knows that. I’m too fast and I got too much accuracy, come on, Mayweather you can’t protect him forever.”

Mayweather Promotions CEO hints at Tank’s future

Leonard Ellerbe: “Well, any fight that Tank fights in is a big fight,” Ellerbe said when asked about the possibility of Gervonta facing Ryan Garcia or Devin Haney in 2022. “No disrespect but the guys that you say are the big fights, they’re NOT big fights.

“He [Gervonta] showed you again tonight, come out West [to the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California] and another sellout. There are levels to what he’s doing, but again we’re [Tank] are going to keep fighting the top guys out there.

“Everyone has got to keep leveling up,” said Ellerbe in sounding like he’s talking code for Tank continuing to be matched against no names, old guys, and secondary champions.

“I would love to see Tank fight the biggest names out there, and whoever continues to prove themselves. But the guys who they say are the best guys out there like, for instance, I think Issac Cruz is better than some of the guys that you’re talking about.

“Just because he doesn’t have a big name. How do you think he [Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz] would have done against Ryan Garcia, for example, tonight? There you go.

“But to answer your question, whatever the fans want, we’re going to give them, but we’re going to do that on OUR terms and I’m going to continue to say that. On OUR terms.

“We’re not going to go out there and overpay a fighter just because y’all say he’s a big name fighter. It doesn’t work like that. The business doesn’t work like that. We’re not in the business of f**** off money like some of these other promoters,” said Ellerbe.

When you dissect what Ellerbe is saying, it appears that he’s talking in code that can only be deciphered to mean that Tank Davis WON’T be matched against any of the Four Kings in the lightweight division in 2022.

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