Quick Bit: Fans have been waiting a long time to see Ryan Garcia vs. Gervonta Davis. Will we get to see that fight take form, or is it just something that will never see the light of day?

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No matter who he faces or what he does in and out of the ring, Ryan Garcia cannot escape questions surrounding Gervonta Davis. The 23-year-old lightweight and social media sensation has been linked to Davis, the WBA (Regular) lightweight champion, for some time now. Given how the two are almost similar in skill and popularity, it almost feels like a matter of when — not if — they touch gloves.

Will there actually be a fight? Or will the shots thrown only come from their mouths and social media? And if they do end up fighting, will it be too late?

Not long ago, boxing had four kings: Sugar Ray Leonard, Mavin Hagler, Roberto Duran, and Thomas Hearns.

These four men dominated the sport in the 1970s and 1980s, from welterweight to the middleweight division. One thing that fans admired about the four is that they fought one another in bouts that delivered. Classic moments, like Duran saying “no mas” against Leonard and the first round of Hagler-Hearns, cemented the already-rich legacies of the group.

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Recently, boxing’s lightweight division had Garcia, Davis, Devin Haney, and Teofimo Lopez (with Vasiliy Lomachenko included) listed as the new four kings. Instead of fighting one another, however, they’ve mostly pounded on inferior opponents and traded barbs instead on social media and in press conferences.

Garcia and Davis have done this the longest. Garcia is scheduled to face Javier Fortuna on July 16 from inside Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. And while he isn’t necessarily looking past his opponent, Garcia is ready for “Tank.”

“I think it’s quite obvious where we are headed once we pass Fortuna,” said Garcia, via Boxing Scene. “I am going to campaign for the fight against Gervonta Davis… I’m not desperate to fight him,” said Garcia of Davis. “I’m hungry to show the world that I’m the best fighter in the division. I feel like he’s the best fighter other than myself in the division, and with speed, power and accuracy, and IQ, I think he’s up there. But I’m just that much better and I’m gonna separate myself from him and I’m gonna make it look very easy when I’m in the ring with him and I’m just eager to show people that I’m more than meets the eye, that I’m really a much better fighter than you perceive it as and when you’re in the ring with me, you’ll feel it right away. So I want to show Gervonta Davis that, personally, too.”

Garcia has had an interesting development process compared to most fighters in his division. Signed with Golden Boy, Garcia is known for his knockout power. In 2021 he beat Luke Campbell for the interim WBC lightweight title, his biggest fight to date. Over the past few months, Garcia has dealt with issues regarding his mental health, a hand injury, and moving on from Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso. He returned in April, beating Emmanuel Tahoe via unanimous decision.

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Garcia continues to grow as a fighter. The same could be said for Davis. He has beaten all his opponents with ease in his 27-fight career. As a result, he has won gold in the super-featherweight, lightweight, and super-lightweight divisions. Working with Floyd Mayweather, Davis has beaten the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Mario Barrios, Isaac Cruz, and Rolando Romero. Now considered free from Mayweather, Davis is looking to have a breakout moment in boxing.

Both have a huge social media following. Davis has over 405.7k followers on Twitter, 506k followers on Facebook and 3.4 million followers on Instagram. Garcia is one of the most popular athletes on social media. He has more than 4.8 million followers on TikTok, 75.3K followers on Twitter and 8.7 million followers on Instagram.

Despite mostly facing outmatched opponents, Garcia and Davis have been known to sell out with massive gates a result their age and social media popularity. 15,000 people inside The Alamodome saw Garcia face Tagoe. Davis vs. Romero resulted in a revenue of $24,600,000 and 275,000 PPV buys.

Bringing in a new generation of fans, Garcia believes a Davis fight can result in otherworldly numbers.

“Honestly, I think we’d do 500k and up in pay-per-view buys,” Garcia told The Ring. “I wouldn’t expect anything less than that. I think 500k is the LEAST it would get due to the fact that you got celebrities who are going to go crazy for it, you got star athletes who are going to go crazy for it, you got everybody. (When we fight) the whole culture is going to be watching at the end of the day. Everybody that’s in with what’s ‘in’ is going to be talking about that fight. You’ll have celebrities like LaBron, you know, who will be there, who will be promoting the fight. Tank’s got a lot of famous athletes backing him, but I’ve got the highest profile celebrity backing me for sure, I’ve got (soccer superstar) Cristiano Ronaldo backing me up. There’s no higher than that (laughs).”

Saying these things is one thing. Doing it is another.

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Haney, the WBC lightweight champion who just beat George Kambosos Jr. for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles, is scheduled to face Kambosos in a rematch. Lopez, who lost the WBA, IBF, WBO, and The Ring titles against Kambosos, is moving weight classes. Lomachenko is currently fighting to protect Ukraine against Russian aggression. That leaves Garcia and Davis. If Garcia can get past Fortuna, the door is wide open for the two to fight one another.

Will we end up seeing a Garcia vs. Davis fight? Who would walk out of the ring the winner?

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