- Gervonta "Tank" Davis: Expert trainer explains why Mayweather is keeping things "in-house" for now
Gervonta "Tank" Davis: Expert trainer explains why Mayweather is keeping things "in-house" for nowHot
On Saturday, June 26, Gervonta "Tank" Davis earned a TKO victory over WBA "regular" title holder Mario Barrios in his Jr. Welterweight debut by stopping the tall, rangy 26 year old in the eleventh round of a riveting and competitive contest.
The dramatic victory sent a massive ripple effect throughout social media pages, further stoking anticipation for great marquee match-ups in the Lightweight and Jr. Welterweight divisions.
How much longer?
If the post fight comments of Gervonta's promoter are any indication, boxing die-hards would be wise not to hold their collective breath.
"Our thing is this...we work smarter, not harder," Floyd Mayweather Jr. stated during the post fight press conference.
"So we keep everything in house. Mayweather Promotions, PBC, we're all one family. I mean we're not going to go nowhere to make another company great. So we've got plenty of fighters at 140, 135 and 130. We're gonna continue to fight the fighters that we got to fight."
Despite scoring a big critical and commercial hit with his knock-out performance agianst Mario Barrios, most industry insiders would agree that there are much greater riches and acclaim with match-ups against Ryan Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko, Tefimo Lopez and Devin Haney.
So why is the Money Team currently ruling out the more fan-driven match-ups within the Lightweight division?
To help give boxing enthusiasts a greater understanding of Mayweather's strategy, five decade fight trainer James Gogue shared his insight on Sunday night's episode of War a Week Radio.
"Boxing is so fractured currently," claims the expert trainer. "It seems that every promoter and network has their own separate league. PBC with Showtime and FOX. Top Rank with ESPN. Matchroom Sport with DAZN. This is what's killing the sport."
"It never used to be like that."
When HBO was the most widely recognized platform in boxing, every promoter wanted their fighters regularly featured on the popular cable network. As a result, it was easier to force promoters to work in a collaborative effort to make the most demanded match-ups a reality.
With promotional entities having deals with one network exclusively, working together for the greater good has proven to be much more difficult.
But it's not impossible.
Why aren't fight fans seeing this kind of effort more frequently?
According to Coach Gogue, Tank's situation is more easily explained with a time honored rule of boxing promotion: Protect your ticket sellers!
"Until Floyd is convinced that his fighter's perception and appeal won't take a big hit with a loss, Mayweather Promotions is going to remain very selective with their choice of opposition, and you can't blame them."
"Building a mainstream attraction in boxing is very hard to do these days. And if Mayweather can continue to attract fans to Tank Davis' events without sticking him in against the best at 35 and 40, he'll keep doing it."
But will there come a time when Mayweather will have to appease Tank's critics, and turn his fighter loose against the best of the division?
According to Gogue, that will only be determined by the real bosses of boxing...the paying customers.
"We'll see what his PPV numbers look like. If they continue to grow, don't count on seeing him put in risky match-ups at 35 or 40. Mayweather and Ellerbe won't change their strategy for Tank unless they start to see those numbers decline, or it's a match-up that greatly favors Davis."
"Until the real bosses of boxing show their disapproval and choose not to financially support Tank's upcoming fights, Mayweather will continue to keep everything 'in-house' while cultivating Gervonta Davis' career as a legitimate mainstream attraction."
Fans may be waiting a very long time before they see their desired match-ups for Tank Davis materialize.