Romero Bashes Ryan Garcia And Golden Boy – ‘They Were Begging Me To Fight Them’
Romero was in talks to defend his WBA Junior Welterweight Title with Garcia after the latter pulled out of negotiations with Devin Haney. All eyes were fixed on an April 20 date after Garcia called it the better business move. The fight never happened after Oscar De La Hoya stated Romero wanted too much money. Rolly replied by blaming Garcia’s side for trying to make a fight with someone else behind his back.
“F— Princess Ryan Garcia, f— Oscar De La Fishnets, and f— DAZN, the s—tiest streaming network out there, for wasting my time and more important wasting the entire boxing world’s time. It’s disgusting to see how you guys do business, then trying to go behind my back offering [Isaac Cruz] an offer, then claiming I [priced myself out]. Y’all f—ed up. Now it’s Rolly vs Pitbull on Amazon Prime, the largest network in boxing history. This fight is an explosion,” Romero said
Both fighters went their separate ways as Romero singed to face Isaac Cruz. As for Garcia, he returned to the negotiation table with Haney and got a deal over the line. Now that the dust had settled down somewhat, Romero had a few choice words to say.
Romero On Garcia
“When I said I was fighting Pitbull, I got calls from everybody at Golden Boy, begging me to fight them [Ryan Garcia]. So, let’s see who needed who in reality. I don’t need them. Ryan Garcia made the most money with Al Haymon [fighting Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, the biggest name in the PBC platform]; he took a massive, massive pay cut. So, Al Haymon is where all the money is at,” Romero stated
Nevertheless, those comments have to be put into context. Even if he fought on Amazon Prime Video, Garcia would have received less money than the Gervonta Davis bout. Romero is not a big name like Davis, while Garcia has only had one PPV: the Tank Davis fight. In addition, Amazon Prime Video still needs to be proven in boxing.
Romero On Amazon
Showtime had built a reputation for more than three decades before they left the sport in 2023. There is no guarantee that Amazon Prime Video will have the same success. The reaction to Amazon’s first PPV showed that, as the Keith Thurman vs Tim Tszyu did not go down well. Thurman hasn’t fought in two years, and it is a non-title bout despite Tsyzu having the WBO Junior Middleweight Belt. And yet, Romero felt he made the right decision.
“Why am I going to go fight on a platform [DAZN] when I can grow Amazon Prime, which is already the biggest platform in boxing history? You’re going to tell me I made the wrong decision? No, I’m over here. Al [Hamon] made me a beautiful offer. They [Ryan Garcia] can go fight on on their network [DAZN] doing 20K PPV buys. Al Haymon gave me a better deal. Al Haymon takes care of his fighters,” Romero added
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