Ryan Garcia Announces Himself As The Next PPV Star
Ryan Garcia has put the boxing world on notice by stating that he is the next PPV star.
The fighter’s comments were telling after his loss to Gervonta Davis and the subsequent KO victory over Oscar Duarte. Garcia banished his demons over the Davis loss by knocking out Duarte in the eighth round. The new team under Derrick James and his decision to move up to 140 pounds paid off.
And now the focus is on appealing to the mass boxing fanbase. The Davis fight had shown that Garcia is capable of selling on PPV since the fight sold 1.2 million PPVs. That resulted in a gate of over $20 million, the highest of this year. And since that was Garcia’s first PPV, the boxer made it clear that he was the money fight.
Garcia On His Critics
“I’m not worried about people anymore. I did that before. [And] I sacrificed. I suffered for people. Now I am coming back for me and to become a champion. I’m moving at my pace, however I want to do it. They need me, remember that. Tank Davis was doing 150,000 PPV buys before he fought me. We got 1.2 million [PPV buys]. That should tell you something. They need me … because I am the guy. It’s just what it is. You need me to make a big fight … the new [PPV] blueprint is that you need a dance partner,” Garcia said
One factor which has helped Garcia achieve those numbers is his crossover apparel. The boxer does have an acting background and an Instagram following of over ten million. That has resulted in him chasing the Gervonta Davis rematch after making it clear that he was not at his best during the fight.
The 136-pound catchweight and ten-pound rehydration clause was a testament to that. In addition to this, Garcia was vocal about how he had injured his rib in sparring. And the news of his body shot injury in camp had been leaked to Davis’ team, which did set him at a disadvantage.
Outside of that, Garcia has been dealing with his promotional issues. His outburst against Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins at the Duarte presser showed that he was not happy with how his career was being managed.
Garcia alleged that his contract had been breached, which resulted in a legal battle. Despite his desire to run things back with Davis, the latter does not appear keen. He laughed off those suggestions by questioning if Garcia would be relevant later down the line.
“Tbh, Idk why this kid [Ryan Garcia] is talking. It’s over for this guy. Give him a year or two. [He has] no discipline, no dedication. He showed y’all on [Showtime] All Access, and it went right over y’all head,” Davis stated
The only way for Garcia to silence his critics is to continue winning. And the performance against Duarte was a step in the right direction to achieving that.
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