Not only do Ryan Garcia and his Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya have an ongoing rift between them, but Garcia has been spotted hanging around Oscar’s dear pal Floyd Mayweather again.
Some might be concerned about tampering or tortious interference going on, but not De La Hoya, who still believes Garcia has a lot to learn by hanging around boxing greats. De La Hoya was asked by boxing media about his feelings about Floyd and Ryan chumming it up lately, and he shared these thoughts.
De La Hoya on Ryan Garcia being spotted running around with Floyd Mayweather and their relationship
“First of all, if Floyd Mayweather Jr is actively promoting and is still a promoter, which I’m not sure because Al Haymon doesn’t have dates until March, so I don’t know what Floyd Mayweather is doing in the meantime. But, look, back in the day in my book that was conflict of interest. Back in my day that was, you know, we might put you on notice because promoters are talking to our fighters or poaching, but I don’t think that’s the case.
“I think that it’s great that Ryan and Floyd are running together because he can soak up all the knowledge from Floyd, a young kid who can be amongst greats is always a positive for me.”
On Eddie Hearn visiting Golden Boy HQ and if he got a chance to talk about working together on some fights
“Unfortunately, I was not in my office that day. But, yeah, he wanted to check out the HQ and obviously discuss a few fights with Eric Gomez, I believe he was there. Look, we want to work with everyone, that’s the bottom line. I moved here to Vegas, Bob Arum lives down the street. I’m going to go have a cup of coffee with him or something, or smoke a blunt, I don’t know.
“2024, every promoter out there must understand to continue to grow the sport we must come together and give the fight fans the best fights possible. That’s the bottom line.”