“No Matter How Much Money You Have You Can Still Be Jealous” | Gervonta Davis Claps Back At Floyd Mayweather

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The dissolution of a beautiful partnership between Mayweather Promotions and Gervonta “Tank” Davis almost seemed amicable until recently.

Last week, Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Tank had press conferences to promote their respective upcoming bouts with only one problem: they were on the same day.

Tank took to Twitter to air out his frustrations.

“Lol n***a had a press conference today and fight on the same day..no matter how much money you have you can still be jealous of a mf! Boy”

Case Closed

After deleting the post, Tank then followed up with less obvious ones: “Case Closed,” three monkey emojis indicating the hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil, and last, “Ima get mine and then some!!”

Davis held a press conference for his May 28 title WBA (regular) lightweight title defense against Rolando “Rolly” Romero at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The usual competitive hatred between the champion and his opponent was there, as well as the requisite ladling of fight hype. However, what was notably missing was the ubiquitous presence of “Money,” who was otherwise preoccupied.

Still “TBE”

Mayweather was in Miami announcing “The Showcase In The Skies of Dubai,” his exhibition return to boxing against “Dangerous” Don Moore planned for May 14, conveniently before Davis’ pay-per-view bout.

Additionally, Davis’ fight is against a Mayweather Promotions stable mate in Rolly Romero, a ploy that Tank believes is to elevate another name before he exits the fold. However, if Tank is a student of history, it is only the newest failed business relationship in a graveyard of many for Floyd Mayweather.

Mayweather has faced backlash from many of his former close friends and boxing mentees. Adrien “The Problem” Broner was considered Mayweather’s heir apparent at one time.

“The Problem”

The four-weight class multi-world champion was never signed by Mayweather, but the two shared a similar panache that translated well on the global stage. However, for Broner, the big brother-little brother dynamic was splintered as Broner’s career flourished and Mayweather’s headed to pasture.

Cantankerous protestations followed, and during the lead-up to his 2016 fight against U.K. fighter Ashley Theophane, Broner labeled his mentor “Hateweather.” But he demurred when pressed by the media, mainly because of the influence Mayweather has on the game.

When Idols Become Rivals

“There’s no beef between me and Floyd. I do my thing. At the end of the day, I’m just being me,” said Broner during the 2016 pre-fight press conference. “I do this in front of Floyd. Me up there saying ‘Hateweather Promotions,’ I’m just having fun.

“The relationship that me and Floyd have, it is obvious that we wear our feelings on our sleeves; anything we say about each other, we don’t care who hears it.”

Then, of course, is Mayweather’s popular war of words with a former best friend turned frenemy Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. While Jackson was attempting to launch his SMS Promotions in the boxing business, Mayweather just wanted him to play No. 2.

Fiddy’s Revenge

The alpha males butted heads and eventually fell out, with Jackson inflicting his no-mercy style of social media excoriation upon Mayweather relentlessly.

Does anyone remember the rumor that Mayweather can’t read? That was all Jackson.

Boxing is not a team sport, and as the star of the enterprise, it is hard for a boxer to enjoy everyday life without being an athlete. Performing in front of the hot lights is as much of an addiction as an opiate.

Mr. Mayweather’s Opus

In retirement, Mayweather’s “legal bank robberies” of exhibitions is him extending his boxing opus.

However, now that Tank looks more like the future, he is learning that there is only room for one star in the land of Mayweather.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.