Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia: The Floyd Mayweather connection

Super lightweight stars Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia don’t have much in common, but they share a connection with legendary five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather.

Haney, who will defend his WBC super lightweight crown against Garcia on April 20, has been around Mayweather intermittently since he was a child. In terms of boxing styles, there are a lot of similarities, with both men focusing heavily on defense, footwork and counterpunching.

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In 2017, when Haney was still a teenager, the pair sparred together at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

“The third day that I was in the gym getting ready for Conor McGregor, I had a chance to spar with Devin Haney,” recalled Mayweather in an interview with Fight Hype. “I think we did four rounds because I wasn’t in no shape. Devin Haney? Sharp, sharp skills… great boxer.”

As for Garcia, his relationship with Mayweather doesn’t go back as many years, but he looks up to the Hall of Fame fighter and has labelled him as a “mentor”.

However, as is frequently the case, there have been ups and downs with both relationships. The Sporting News takes a look at the dynamic between Mayweather and the two fighters who will be crossing paths at the Barclays Center on Saturday.

What is Devin Haney’s relationship with Floyd Mayweather?

Years ago, there was nothing but respect between Mayweather and his young protege.

“I’ve had some training sessions with Floyd. We’ve talked numerous times and I’ve trained in his gym and gotten a lot of advice from him. I’m grateful for that,” said Haney, via the WBC’s website.

“Floyd knows a lot about the game. He’s accomplished so much, he’s been in the game for so long. He became world champion the year I was born, so there’s a lot I learned from him.”

However, the relationship between Mayweather and Haney deteriorated when footage of the latter coming second best in a sparring session with Gervonta Davis turned up on Garcia’s YouTube channel.

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The footage in question was edited in Tank’s favor, but Haney was upset with it being leaked and blamed the ex-champion.

“Floyd has been hating a long time,” Haney wrote on Twitter (X). “This ain’t just starting. I held my tongue for years because I respect the greats of the sport. But dude is a bonafide hater that doesn’t wanna see nobody win if he’s not a part of it! 

“I know he sent Ryan the sparring … Alhamdulillah I’m happy he revealed himself to the world.”

What is Ryan Garcia’s relationship with Floyd Mayweather?

The evolution of Garcia’s relationship with Mayweather began quite recently, at least publicly.

In December, after he’d beaten Oscar Duarte, Garcia called out both Rolly Romero and Devin Haney. After appearing to settle on Haney, the young Californian was later spotted running on the Las Vegas Strip with Mayweather and plans suddenly changed.

“I’m in Vegas, I’m having a great time, I’m hanging out with Floyd,” recalled Garcia in an interview with FightHype, via marca.com. “Floyd’s pretty influential, he’s like ‘Why don’t you fight Rolly for the belt and then fight Devin Haney?’ I made a quick decision. I said ‘Floyd, that makes sense, I’ll go get another belt.’”

Even though Garcia backtracked again and took the Haney fight, there appears to be no serious animosity between the pair.

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However, there was a brief exchange between Garcia and FightHype’s Ben Thompson, where the quick-fisted contender appeared to accuse Mayweather of trying to sabotage the Haney fight.

“My whole thing is how you (Thompson) said that this fight needs to be stopped. It needs to be cancelled. I know that you’re working for Floyd. And Floyd probably told you to try to make my s___ go down,” Garcia told FightHype, via Essentially Sports.

“I need you to know that this fight is going on. Nobody can stop it. Not FightHype nor Floyd Mayweather. Nobody’s going to stop this fight because I’m perfectly fine. And I’ve been training very hard. And you know I love you, Ben.”

It turns out that Thompson was expressing the opinion of other people and not his own, but Garcia’s response drew a lot of attention.

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