One of the best prospects from the Beltway region has formed a bond with one of the best boxers of this generation.
Undefeated Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta "Tank" Davis has been traveling with pound-for-pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather throughout the month and is training with Mayweather in Las Vegas, NV as Mayweather prepares for his proposed contest on September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. There are unconfirmed reports that Davis (11-0, 10 KO's) will compete on that card.
Davis accompanied Mayweather on trips to New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, St. Louis, and Kansas City. He traveled on Floyd's private jet, participated in Mayweather's public appearances, observed his business dealings, and took a ride with him on his yacht.
Davis is, obviously, ecstatic about this situation in his career.
"Floyd has taken an interest in me because he believes that I can be the next big star in boxing, and he knows I've put in work to be ready for that next level," Davis said in a press release. "Having an opportunity to travel with The Money Team has been a dream come true. I grew up watching all Floyd's fights. He is a great teacher, and I'm learning a lot of positive things from him, especially about the business of boxing. He has built himself to be the richest athlete in sports. I feel truly blessed that he would want to give me advice that will help me in my career. He is the top boxer of my generation, both in and outside the ring. I'm going to listen to everything he says and share what I learn with the young fighters that come into the sport after me."
"This week, I was in a room with both Floyd and my manager, Al Haymon, and both are really excited about my future in boxing" Davis continued. "I had a conversation with Al, and he is very supportive of me and my goals. I will continue to work hard, and I'll be sure to keep everyone posted on my next fight and opponent when everything becomes official. My story is really big for my city of Baltimore, and proof that hard work can take you to the next level, no matter where you come from. I really appreciate all the supportive messages I've received on social media from everyone. Keep supporting me, and I'll fight for you."
All of this is wonderful news, says Davis's boxing trainer, Calvin Ford.
"Floyd’s involvement has been a great learning experience for Tank, and it is a huge story for the Baltimore City Parks and Recreation programs," Ford said. "Gervonta started boxing at Upton Boxing Gym on Pennsylvania Avenue, and to have him reach the highest level in his sport shows that this can happen to other kids if they put in the work, believe in what they are doing, and get support from their city. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next for Gervonta and Team Davis.”