Oscar De La Hoya, the former world champion, hall-of-fame boxer, and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, was front-and-center for a lot of the antics that led up to Gervonta Davis versus Ryan Garcia. Despite a week passing, and some questioning why he didn’t attend the press conference with Ryan Garcia after Garcia was stopped by Davis on April 22nd. De La Hoya is firmly backing the star prizefighter, Garcia, and sees this as only a small obstacle to a still very promising career.
De La Hoya, who was doing the media rounds last week for William Zepeda’s fight week in Arlington, Texas, as the talented southpaw lightweight stopped Jaime Arboleda in two rounds found himself talking not just about William Zepeda, but Ryan Garcia as well.
This goes along with what Golden Boy Promotions executive Bernard Hopkins stated last week in which Hopkins believes that Garcia can be one of the best in the sport, but needs to improve his defense. De La Hoya seemingly is alluding to Garcia learning from the loss, which seems to hint at that same vein of self-improvement. Last week, Garcia took to Twitter to talk about the historic 1.2 million pay-per-view buys he did with Gervonta Davis.
“History was made,” tweeted Ryan Garcia from his official Twitter account on April 26th. “5th highest Live gate In the History of Fights in Vegas, and over 1M+PPV Beyond Blessed!!! Thank you to all the fans without you guys this can’t happen!”
De La Hoya also gave a quote to Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com, in which he believes that Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis will fight each other again, and when they do - it will be a much bigger event. One that will in De La Hoya’s opinion do three times the pay-per-view buys of the first one.
“A rematch won’t take place anytime soon,” De La Hoya stated to Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com. “Let [Davis] enjoy his victory. Let him get a few more wins, fight more world champions, and believe me, when they do it again if they decide to do it again, that fight can do 4 million [pay-per-view buys] easy.”