Ryan Garcia: Belts Don’t Matter But They ‘Make Me Look Good’

Ryan Garcia doesn’t put a lot of stock in championship gold.

Garcia captured the interim WBC Lightweight Championship in early January. He did so by knocking out Luke Campbell in the seventh round with a body shot. While Garcia now has a mandate to fight WBC Lightweight titleholder Devin Haney, “KingRy” is instead gunning for a matchup with Gervonta Davis.

Garcia recently appeared on Stephen A’s World and expressed his belief that championship belts are nice for appearance but don’t carry much weight (h/t BoxingScene.com).

“I’m not naive to say that he doesn’t matter. Of course, Teofimo [Lopez] matters. What doesn’t matter is belts. I wear this belt because it looks good. Doesn’t it look good? It does make me look good. The truth is, there’s too many belts, there are too many champions. You don’t know who the true champion is. If Teofimo wants to hold that crown the way he wants to hold it, that’s fine.”

Garcia has also been clamoring for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Rumors of a potential matchup have been swirling. Steve Kim, formerly of ESPN, reported that while the bout isn’t a done deal, it would be an exhibition if it comes to fruition.

As for the rest of the division, Haney wants to share the ring with WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, WBC (Franchise), and The Ring Lightweight Champion Teofimo Lopez. If he can’t get that fight, then Haney will target Javier Fortuna. Lopez could be due to fight mandatory challenger George Kambosos. Davis’ next fight is unknown but he has shown mutual interest in facing Garcia.

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