Floyd Mayweather reinforced his support of Gervonta Davis as he addressed Oscar De La Hoya missing Ryan Garcia’s post-fight press conference.
Mayweather and De La Hoya have been opponents in the ring and in a promotional sense. The man known as ‘The Best Ever’ beat De La Hoya by split decision back in 2007. After great careers as fighters, both men turned to the business side of boxing.
Their rivalry was somewhat rejuvenated this past weekend with Davis – historically a Mayweather Promotions fighter – facing Garcia – who is represented by De La Hoya’s Golden Boy.
Mayweather’s side came out on top once more, with Davis producing a seventh round body shot stoppage.
Garcia carried himself well in defeat, which many thought all the more impressive considering his promoter appeared to skip out on the post-fight presser.
In a video shared by FightHype in which Mayweather addresses De La Hoya’s no show, he focused on his relationship with his fighter rather than passing judgement on others.
“I could really say something negative, I could really say something positive. But when it’s all said and done, Oscar De La Hoya’s not my promoter.
“We all approach situations in a different way. [If] Tank was to win, or he was to be on the other side and take a loss, I would’ve stood right there behind him. 100%.”
“You guys seen a lot of times Tank vent out on social media, but I’m right there. He’s young. If I’m with you, I’m with you through the good, the bad and the ugly. And I’ve always spoke about loyalty. Loyalty is a lifestyle, not an action.”
He’s had a precarious relationship with Davis, however chalks this up to him being young.
Their exact partnership is unclear following ‘Tank’s announcement that he was splitting from Mayweather Promotions in December of last year.
However, it seems on better terms now after both the company’s CEO, Leonard Ellerbe, was involved in the promotion for the Garcia fight, and Mayweather himself provided advice to Davis in the ring before the first bell.
De La Hoya later revealed that he was advised by security to leave the building following the fight due to a series of death threats during fight week.