Ryan Garcia was confused and shocked by his rift with Canelo Alvarez.
Garcia and Alvarez are former training partners and close friends but ahead of Garcia’s fight against Emmanuel Tagoe, he switched coaches and for ‘King’ he says it was just time to move on.
“It was just time to move on,” Garcia said to MMAFighting. “There was nothing left to do in that camp so it’s time to move forward and I’m now gonna do my own thing, do great things myself, so it was just a relationship that came to an end and that’s it. Everything in life plays out how it’s gonna play out and I feel great. Now if I didn’t feel great I would say that, but I feel amazing.”
Although Ryan Garcia says it was time to leave that gym, when this fight was announced, Alvarez said he hopes Garcia is actually focused on his career. Those comments shocked Garcia as he spoke openly to the Mexican that he took time off to deal with his mental health.
“No, I know that I’m insane, I’m a maniac from how I work and how I’ve always worked throughout my whole career,” Garcia said. “So none of that affected me. It was just kind of shocking because he knows what I was going through so there was the reasoning why I wasn’t at the gym and that’s why I decided to take a break from everything and make sure I get myself right.
“It had nothing to do with my work ethic and you’re going to see that April 9, how hard I actually work. You’ve seen my body, you’ve seen how I fight, you don’t get like that by not working hard, that’s for sure… I was more confused and shocked because I know he’s not oblivious and he understands a lot of things. So I didn’t quite understand why he would say that, but I don’t really care anymore.”
Although Ryan Garcia no longer trains with Canelo Alvarez, he still views the Mexican as a friend and mentor. But, for him, the focus right now is on his fight on Saturday.
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