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Ryan Garcia is a popular figure in boxing, having used his colossal social media following to enhance his presence. This has resulted in a new generation of fans tuning into boxing.  

The 25-year-old boxer-puncher faced Gervonta Davis in April 2023 in an authentic superfight. A PPV extravaganza, the event created plenty of social media buzz and it was an enormous financial success. Unfortunately, Garcia lost the contest via seventh-round KO, but he has bounced back with a stoppage win over Oscar Duarte in December.

On April 20, Garcia will square off against WBC super lightweight champ Devin Haney. If Garcia wins, it would be his first time holding gold, but he will enter the ring as a huge underdog against his former amateur rival. Undeterred, “KingRy” is confident of proving doubters wrong at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

WATCH: Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia, live on DAZN

Despite hailing from the United States, Garcia is very proud of his family’s heritage. The Sporting News looks into Garcia’s history, from family to his relationship with a former mentor.

Where is Ryan Garcia from?

Garcia has entered the ring with an American and Mexican flag. He was born in California, but while his parents were born in the United States, his ancestors are Mexican. Garcia does not speak Spanish himself.

“It’s key. You need to know where you came from to know where you’re going,” Garcia told Interview Magazine about representing the U.S. and Mexico. 

Per Marca, Henry Garcia, Ryan’s dad, has family from Anahuac, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. His mother, Lisa, had family that lived in New Mexico when it was still Mexican territory. 

“We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us. We always say in New Mexico that it was Mexico,” Lisa said on No Puedes Jugar Boxeo. “My family was there when it was Mexico when there were Apaches and people from Spain.”

MORE: History of Ryan Garcia’s recent tweets in lead-up to Devin Haney fight

Does Canelo Alvarez support Ryan Garcia?

Canelo Alvarez and Ryan Garcia were teammates in 2018, working with coach Eddy Reynoso. They appeared inseparable. In 2021, there was a falling out, and Garcia defected to trainer Joe Goossen.

Garcia had just come off a win against Luke Campbell, the biggest of his career. He was ready for big fights until he backed out of two. A Javier Fortuna fight was nixed due to mental health issues, and then a bout with Joseph Diaz fell through when he injured his hand.

“Look, Ryan has a lot of talent. But to me, in my eyes, he’s wasting a lot of time and wasting his talent. I look at him and don’t see him 100 percent dedicated, and, to us, that’s a bad signal,” Canelo told Complex. “We always remind him as a team to come to the gym, to train, and to learn because you need to be in the gym. You’re learning day-by-day, at the very minimum, fighting five times a year.

“When I was beginning my career, I did 15 fights in one year. That’s where I was at the beginning of my career. So, definitely, he needs to be a little more dedicated.”

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Canelo told The Sporting News that he offered those comments as constructive criticism. Garcia left the team after thinking Reynoso could not be “100 percent committed” to him while stating Canelo didn’t know the facts.

There was no beef between Garcia and Canelo, though the former told Boxing Scene that he was “tired” of Canelo questioning his work ethic. However, any issues between the two appear to have been squashed.

Alongside Garcia’s questionable promotional strategy for the Haney fight have been worrying messages on social media. Many have shown concern, including Canelo. 

“As his friend, or like when we used to train together, I wouldn’t let him fight, “Alvarez told DAZN via Boxing Scene. The only thing I wish right now is that he has people to help him because he needs it – without judging him. I don’t know what’s going on with him, but I hope he has someone.”

A few days later, Garcia posted an old picture of him and Canelo, thanking Canelo with the caption, “No amount of hate can separate our Mexican Bond.” Canelo responded by saying, “Just focus and get that win. You know we love u, kid.”

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