The fight is in doubt after Garcia expressed his intention to face Rolando Romero instead. The turnaround came after Garcia’s sighting with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Romero is with PBC, increasing speculation that Mayweather may have impacted his decision, as Garcia called it the better business move. A win over Romero gives Garcia the WBA 140-pound title, with the potential of facing Haney in a much bigger unification. Haney was not best pleased, as De La Hoya blamed Garcia for taking poor advice.
“Ryan is young; he’s just now maturing. I strongly feel he has a lot of bad advice, I really do, and I feel for him because there are a lot of people out there who are going to give you the wrong advice. It’s a cruel world out there when you’re the top dog, and you’re the money maker, and you’re coming up, and you’re young.
“You have all these whispers in your ear. I just hope that Ryan finds that one person that is going to give him the best advice in the world and listens to him, and wants the best for him. “I thought I could be that person, but he listens to other people. It’s something I can’t control. All I can do is try to do is do the best job possible for him. He asked me to get Haney, and that’s what I’m going to gun for. Hopefully in March or April,” De La Hoya said
Haney may now defend his WBC title against Sandor Martin, Teofimo Lopez, or go up to welterweight. Martin has won his last two fights since his defeat to Teofimo Lopez in a split-decision loss. Lopez is currently preparing to face Jermaine Ortiz on February 8, 2024, in the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight title. Bill Haney has said his son is ready for Lopez.
“Listen, whenever Teo’s ready. He’s got work to do with Jamaine Ortiz,” Bill Haney stated
The most likely fight at 147 is Mario Barrios. He is the current WBC interim welterweight champion. A victory over Barrios makes Haney the full champion if Terence Crawford vacates his belts. Eddie Hearn did not rule out a move to 147.
“Yeah, there’s a mandatory that’s due [for Haney’s newly won WBC light welterweight title against Sandor Martin]. It’s not the flavor of the month, that fight, with no disrespect to Sandor. At some point, he [Devin] might have to deal with it, and maybe there’s a move to 147,” Hearn stated