ATLANTA — Gervonta said earlier this week that it might take him a while to adjust to losing two weight classes.
Davis stated that Davis made adjustments when he increased his weight to 135 pounds for the first time.
Davis said on Thursday that Saturday would give him a good idea of how it will go. “I didn’t like 135 when I was fighting at 135, but it took me a while to get used to it. It’s easy to get used it once you do.
“It’s the first time it’s always like [moves his hands back and forth], but it gets easier once you get used it.”
It seemed that Davis was going through a similar adjustment period against Mario Barrios Saturday night. He was fighting a larger fighter in every way, losing height, reach, and natural weight. For a while, it looked like he might have to go to 140 pounds.
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The 26-year old junior welterweight could have faced major obstacles in his attempt to climb the weight ladder and claim belts at each stop. Barrios’ strategy of using his size and keeping Davis away from him may have thwarted the big plans Leonard Ellerbe, CEO Mayweather Promotions, had for Davis.
However, Gervonta Davis had already knocked Barrios to the ground for the third time and secured an 11th round TKO. It was all good news for Davis, though there were legitimate concerns about the future.
Afterward, Davis stated that he was anxious throughout the night, not knowing if Barrios would hurt him or if Barrios would hit him.
Early on, Davis seemed nervous. Davis stated that he was the one who made sure that the fight lasted so long. Barrios was in a much better position than he was at the beginning. Davis could have lost in those moments.
Floyd Mayweather, his promoter, said to Davis during the fight that he was down on an unofficial scorecard. He was actually up in the seventh round according to all three official judges scorecards.
Gervonta celebrated her win over Mario Barrios by doing a backflip from the ring ropes. However, there were some nervous moments in the fight. Amanda Westcott/Showtime
However, Davis knew that if he wanted to win Saturday’s fight, he would have to do more.
Mayweather stated, “I said,” after the fight. “Show me that you’re great,” Mayweather said after the fight.
Davis made that move at that point and maybe showed that 140 pounds could be a home for him down in the future.
It will be interesting to see Davis at 140 pounds. He admitted that he wasn’t sure what to expect going into Saturday night. There are still questions, despite his impressive fight finish and how he handled Barrios in later rounds.
Are 140 future goals for Davis? Not immediately. Ellerbe and he both agreed that 130 to 135 pounds will be his primary weight. What about two years later? But it could be different.
Davis stated that he will be “probably 140” in two years because he is “just growing.” Both Davis and Mayweather stated that their teams will make those decisions after the fight.
For those who want to see fights against other young breakout fighters 130-140 — the Ryan Garcias Teofimo Lopezes Devin Haneys, Josh Taylors, and Teofimo Lopezes — it doesn’t seem like such fights will be in the near future. Mayweather Promotions seems to plan to continue Davis fighting other PBC/Mayweather fighters, at minimum for the moment.
“We are not going to stop and make another company great. Mayweather stated that there are plenty of fighters who are at 140, 135 or 130. “We will continue to fight the fighters we have, but at the end, I want Tank’s victory.”
Gervonta’s future may be as big as 147 pounds. But for now, he will fight the best fights that he can within his promotional limits of 130 to 140 pounds. Amanda Westcott/Showtime
Davis did not rule out Davis lifting up to 147 lbs next. All other matters are up to Mayweather, his team and Mayweather. Mayweather is especially helpful in this type of planning considering the many divisions he fought over his Hall of Fame career.
Mayweather stated that “He will be able eventually to move up.” “… “… I gradually moved up, as I was 130 years old. Then I moved up to 35, 40, ’47, and finally to 54. He won’t fight at ’54, I think.