There is no shortage of talented boxers across the 130, 135, and 140-pound divisions. 

A cavalcade of contests could be mixed and matched between the likes of Shakur Stevenson, Devin Haney, Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, and Josh Taylor, just to name a select few. 

Davis (27-0, 25 KOs) is the only one crusading across all three divisions. Davis campaigned exclusively at 130 pounds until 2019, but over his last five fights, he’s gone up and down in weight as desired, fighting at the weight limits of 135, 130, 140, 135, and 135.

In addition to his massive fan appeal and pay-per-view prowess, Davis’ flexibility on the scale makes him an even more desirable draw for big fights. 

If you ask promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr., however, he’d prefer some members of the field fight each other first before taking on Tank. 

“Shakur Stevenson is a hell of a fighter, and Devin Haney is a hell of a fighter,” Mayweather told founder Ben Thompson in an interview. “If Top Rank has Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson, then they need to fight each other. Don’t worry about Tank.

“Everybody is saying that Tank is not this and not that. Tank don’t have this belt, he don’t have that belt. If that’s true, then guess what? Don’t worry about Tank. Let Tank keep doing what he’s been doing. Tank don’t have to worry about nothing. As long as Tank is with Floyd and [Premier Boxing Champions head] Al [Haymon], Tank is always going to live good. He’s going to be okay. If Tank were the undisputed champions, the night that he won them, I’d tell him, ‘you give three of them back.’ So why should you be paying a sanctioning fee on four belts? If Top Rank has the top fighters, then make the big fights. I do know one thing. Gervonta Tank Davis is getting paid like a mother f------- One thing about Gervonta Tank  Davis, he’s with Floyd Mayweather, and he’s getting paid.”

The unified junior lightweight champion Stevenson and undisputed lightweight champion Haney are within striking distance of Davis, but a dearth of negotiations would have to be struck in order for a cross-promotional fight to play out. 

Outside of the two recent Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fights and the Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight in 2015, Mayweather Promotions/PBC and Top Rank rarely come to terms on making massive fights. 

After hearing Mayweather’s remarks, Haney was open to a showdown with stablemate Stevenson. 

“Of course, that’s a huge fight to be made one day,” Haney told “We all know this is a business. [Stevenson and I are] real good friends, and we talk often. But when the time comes, the time comes. It’s going to make sense for me and for him, and we’re going to make a huge fight for the fans when it happens.”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist, writer and broadcast reporter. He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and MMA Journalists Association. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at] or on