Haney Wanted To Fight Garcia To Become ‘Face Of Boxing’

Devin Haney chose to face Ryan Garcia to become the ‘facing of boxing.’

That is according to his father, Bill Haney. Those comments followed the same line of reasoning Gervonta Davis had after stopping Garcia in his last fight. The bout sold over $1.2 million PPVs, making it the highest-grossing event in 2023. The fight gate exceeded $20 million as both boxers made career-high purses.

Garcia made $30 million, while Davis made over $50 million. After the fight, Davis declared himself as the ‘face of boxing.’ Haney’s last fight against Regis Prograis reportedly sold only 50,000 PPVs. But Bill Haney expects his son to do more against Garcia on April 20. 

“I think this was one of the big components on the chessboard of being the Face of Boxing,” Bill Haney said

Ever since Haney beat Prograis to become a two-weight world champion, he outlined his goals of making the highest-paying fights since his legacy was intact. Gervonta Davis was another name mentioned alongside Garcia, with Saudi Arabia indicating their intention to make the fight this year. While team Haney was on board, Davis’ request to deliver two Ferraris to his door before negotiations could begin prevented the fight. 

“It came close enough to His Excellency came on board to dispel [any issues] that money would be a problem. They were willing to make it happen. It came that close. Tank asked to be sent a couple of Ferraris. I didn’t want to get in the way because I didn’t want him to offend His Excellency. So, I asked, ‘What color would you want?’ But before I could get a replay back, [His Excellency] said he would only be sending gloves to Tank Davis’ team. So, I think negotiations fell off after that,” Bill Haney stated 

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