Floyd Mayweather is still an asset in the growth of Gervonta Davis.
Davis is scheduled to collide with Leo Santa Cruz in the main event of a Showtime Sports pay-per-view card on October 24. Davis will put his WBA (Regular) Lightweight Title on the line, while Santa Cruz’s WBA (Super) Super-Featherweight Championship will be at stake. This will be the first lightweight title defense for Davis.
“I have to prepare as much as I can because I know Leo will bring a lot to the table. I want to be prepared for Leo when that time comes. There are some things I can do with Floyd, and some things I know I can’t because we are different fighters … While I’m sparring, and if I don’t get it he’ll get in there and spar and show me what he’s talking about. He’s actually been a big help in this camp. To be honest, he’s been hands-on more than my coach at this point. He’s been watching Leo [Santa Cruz] and telling me what he likes to do.”
The perfect pro boxing record of Davis is also at stake. He comes into his showdown with Santa Cruz holding an undefeated record of 23-0. Santa Cruz has only been beaten once in his career. That was a majority decision loss to Carl Frampton, which he avenged in the rematch.
Davis once held the WBA (Super) Super-Featherweight Title but he vacated it when he took on Yuriorkis Gamboa for the lightweight gold. Davis won the bout via TKO in the 12th round. He’s hoping to retain his gold at lightweight and become a two-time WBA Featherweight king.