Floyd Mayweather Jr claims Gervonta Davis has the potential to match his record breaking numbers in boxing and some day make nine-figure pay days.
The IBF World junior lightweight champion is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport and is fresh off a devastating knock out performance against Jose Pedraza.
The Baltimore fighters faces undefeated Brit Liam Walsh on May 20 at the Copper Box in London, and his promoter Mayweather Jr believes he has the potential to reach the very top.
“Absolutely,” said the former pound-for-pound king when quizzed on whether Davis could follow in his footsteps and make record-breaking pay days. “The reason why is it’s a lot easier to touch your fans.
It’s easier with social media. The outlets are so easy to build a fan base. There are a lot of fighters who are World champions who are not as big as Gervonta is.
“He’s connected to me but also he can fight. I would say this, Gervonta is not just the youngest World champion, he’s one of the most exciting fighters in boxing. We know there will be blood, sweat and tears.”
Mayweather Jr revealed that he immediately realised Davis could be great upon meeting the ‘Tank.’
“He came to my gym and worked out a little bit and then I told my assistant, ‘there’s something I see – I see superstar.’
“We got in touch with him over social media, then I met him in New York and told him, ‘we would like to work with you and within 24 months you will have a World title.'”
Davis will now make his first defence of his title on his first fight outside of the US in May, fulfilling a little more of his exceptional potential on his way to superstardom.