Ryan Garcia says he does not know what to believe about the Pacquiao fight
For any relationship to be successful and thrive, there must be communication. This rule is true regardless of the nature of the initial bond. Lovers, platonic friends and businessmen alike all have to maintain a healthy line of communication if everything is to proceed smoothly. When information no longer is freely exchanged, there are bound to be complications. Lightweight boxer Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (21-0, 18 KO’s) appears to be suffering from this ‘static in the phone lines’ with his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.
In the closing days of January, Garcia let the world know that he was engaged in negotiations for a fight with Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s). The news was greeted with a mixed reception. Some thought it was intriguing while others believe it to be an unnecessary and nauseating sideshow. KingRy could not have cared less what the naysayers thought because it was a dream-fight come true. Later however, De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions directly contradicted Garcia by saying that there never were any back and forth talks.
PUT SOME RESPECT ON MY NAME
Naturally, when a fighter’s own promoter accuses them of spreading false information, it will likely rub them the wrong way. The same was true for KingRy. When he came to hear that De La Hoya essentially threw him under the bus, he was not very pleased. Thankfully, for their on-going business venture, Garcia does not come off like he is going to carry a grudge. Yet, as he told Fight Hype, he will not tolerate this type of behavior becoming a habit.
“I heard Oscar, which got me a little upset. And he said that it was all for Instagram. Are you serious right now? The reason why I am saying, ‘are you serious.’ is because you’re trying to make it seem like I was searching for clout. I could care less about that. I’m here about business, I am here about making a big fight happen. I’m here to use what I have, which is a social media platform, to build a fight. Now don’t get mad at me, I am not here for clout. You know I was doing just fine.”
“Don’t try to make a lie on me, that’s what I don’t accept. You don’t lie on me, that’s unprofessional, one. Two, we are supposed to be on the same team with the same vision. We just got out a meeting saying we we’re going to shoot for the Pac fight. If not, all good, let’s go for Tank [Gervonta Davis], whatever. We had that in mind. So don’t make a lie like that because I don’t play with lies. You lie, you got to be told don’t lie because that ain’t right. That’s unprofessional we supposed to be on the same team and the same vision. It’s all love still though, I don’t care. I am not mad at Oscar anyways, but don’t be lying on me!”
SO LONG AS ITS BIG, DON’T MATTER WHO
With all the conflicting tales floating around, KingRy admits that at this point he is not clear on what to believe.
“I continued pushing for the fight because I’m like, ‘okay I don’t really care what the order is now. Tank, Pacquiao, Pacquiao, Tank. I don’t care what the order is, those are the two fights that I want. Of course, people say a lot of things. Honestly, I don’t even know what the truth is anymore, I don’t know. To me,…I’ve seen Pacquiao talking to him. I mean everybody was with it, everybody was behind it. There was some complications and I don’t need to get into it. I just had a meeting with Oscar and everybody, I said, ‘hey if we can make the Pacquiao happen still, cool. If not, I only wanted to fight Tank or Pacquiao.’ I wanted to fight Tank first! I didn’t even know about Pacquiao man…they came to me!”
In the past, Garcia has publicly aired his distaste for how Golden Boy was handling his career. Ultimately, the two parties were able to mend their differences and move forward. Yet, it will be interesting to see how the partnership performs going forward. Golden Boy already lost their golden goose when WBA Super and WBC World Super Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KO’s) jumped ship. It would be a horrible look if they lost Garcia several months later! In the end, only time will tell the story. No matter what the outcome however, 3kingsboxing will be there to report.
By: Bakari Simpson