Garcia still aiming for Davis and greatness

Lightweight star Ryan Garcia has set himself lofty goals in the fight game and says he is still plotting a course for rival Gervonta Davis and ultimately greatness.

With a much-trumpeted bout against Manny Pacquiao having apparently fallen by the wayside and the Filipino great set to face namesake Mikey in May, the younger Garcia has once again selected Baltimore banger Davis, the WBA’s ‘Regular’ title holder at 135lbs, as his preferred option.

Garcia, who impressively rose from the canvas to KO Luke Campbell in seven rounds in January, hopes that Davis will follow after a heated social media rivalry though that seems unlikely to happen next with crowds still restricted due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

“I want Gervonta Davis. I wanted it before the Pacquiao fight,” Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) told DAZN’s Beyond The Bell. “I say his name any chance I get. I’m going to keep saying it, whether people want it or not. 

“That’s what I’m going to be shooting for. If it doesn’t happen, it’s always going to be the other side [Davis not making the fight]. Because I say yes [to that bout]. I made the Luke Campbell fight. Yes, yes, yes. I’m in it to get all the greatness I can out of my career.

“I’m here to one day be the greatest fighter of all-time,” added a buoyant Garcia. “That’s who I strive to be, Muhammad Ali paved the way.

“He showed me how to stand up for things I need to. I think it’s my turn.”