President of Mayweather Promotions, Floyd Mayweather has made a stark admission on the man set to share a ring with Gervonta Davis.
Huge Ruiz, who was drafted in late following an eye injury to Abner Mares, is more of a threat than the former multi-weight world champion – according to Mayweather.
Despite grumbles from fans when Mares pulled out, Mayweather believes Ruiz will give a good account of himself.
“I think Hugo Ruiz is more dangerous opponent than Abner Mares,” predicted Mayweather. “Abner is a tremendous fighter, but Ruiz is very tough and he has good knockout power.
“This is a great matchup and the kind that people want to see. It’s all about putting on great shows and Saturday will be another blockbuster.”
Mayweather compared Davis to himself in his younger days. The five-weight world title holder hopes to see Davis one day break his mountain of records.
“I could remember 23 years ago when I was in that same position. When you’re in this position you have to take advantage of it,” he said. “Opportunities like this come once in a lifetime. You must go out there and give it your all.
“I want to see these fighters become great and become stars. The records that I’ve set were made to be broken.
“I remember when Gervonta Davis first came to my gym. He worked hard and believed in himself. Sometimes we did two-a-days.
“If we didn’t think the job was done right, we’d come back and correct it. We continue to strive every day to be the best we possibly can be.
“Gervonta works extremely hard, but he can’t take anything for granted in this fight,” added the ex-pound for pound king.
Davis has previously aired his frustration at a lack of fights over the past twenty-two months. Ruiz represents just a third contest in that spell.
The 24 year-old now hopes to make up for lost time and move closer to a unification clash.
Facing Vasyl Lomachenko has been mentioned in the build-up. As a result, only a big performance will do for Davis this weekend.
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