By Allan Fox: Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’d sign Ryan Garcia to PBC if he’s a promotional free agent and confident he could ink him.
If Mayweather gets his hands on the 25-year-old Ryan, he may be matched similarly to how they’d done with Gervonta Davis, putting him in with smaller, older fighters and guiding him to a secondary title.
Signing with Mayweather would likely see Ryan following in the footsteps of Tank and Rolly Romero, which means no dangerous fights where there’s a chance of losing.
It’s a proven match-making formula for making money at the expense of great fights that the boxing public would like to see.
For example, Tank Davis has never fought any of these fighters during his many years with Mayweather Promotions:
- Devin Haney
- Shakur Stevenson
- Vasily Lomachenko
- Teofimo Lopez
- Frank Martin
- Regis Prograis
- Subriel Matias
Ryan (23-1, 19 KOs) is currently being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, and it’s believed that could have several years left.
“I’m not looking to sign Ryan, but if he wants to sign and he’s free, I’d sign him,” said Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Fighthype about Ryann Garcia.
“If I’m not mistaken, he’s under contract. Hypothetically, if Ryan Garcia gets free, will Ryan Garcia be with Mayweather Promotions or PBC? Absolutely. It’s only if he’s free. Who don’t want to work with the best?
“There was no titles on the line, but they made great money, and nobody had to pay sanctioning fees,” said Mayweather about the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia fight earlier this year on April 22nd, which involved a double whammy of a 136-lb catchweight in addition to a 10-lb rehydration limit.
“They can say whatever they want to say, but nobody is more knowledgeable about the sport of boxing than me, and nobody has been to the highest level in PPV.
“You look at the numbers; it’s crazy. There are levels to this, but I respect everybody’s level,” said Mayweather.
Some boxing fans believe that Ryan would like to leave Golden Boy to sign with PBC to get a lucrative rematch with Tank Davis and a nice payday against WBA 140-lb belt-holder Rolly Romero.
If those fights did happen, it would be interesting to see how PBC would guide Ryan for the remainder of his career.
Depending on how things go, Ryan might not be worth Mayweather & PBC signing him if his career flounders at 140 before they give him the Geervonta Midas touch with the careful match-making.