Floyd Mayweather has always believed Gervonta Davis has what it takes to become the next boxing megastar and recalls training alongside the current super featherweight world champion.
During the final press conference for Davis' upcoming WBA title defense against Hugo Ruiz, Mayweather spoke a few words about his young protege and reminisced about the times they worked together in the gym.
"I remember when Gervonta Davis first came to my gym. He worked hard and believed in himself. Sometimes we did two-a-days. If we didn't think the job was done right, we'd come back and correct it. We continue to strive every day to be the best we possibly can be. Gervonta works extremely hard, but he can't take anything for granted in this fight," Mayweather said.
Talking about the fight between Davis and Ruiz, Mayweather touched upon the fact that Ruiz came in as a late replacement for the injured Abner Mares. Mares withdrew from the fight in late January due to what was later revealed to be a detached retina. Mayweather stated that Ruiz is a "more dangerous opponent" for Davis compared to Mares.
"I think Hugo Ruiz is more dangerous opponent than Abner Mares. Abner is a tremendous fighter, but Ruiz is very tough and he has good knockout power. This is a great matchup and the kind that people want to see. It's all about putting on great shows and Saturday will be another blockbuster," Mayweather said.
The fight between Davis and Ruiz will headline a Showtime Championship Boxing card from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.