Ryan Garciais blockin' all jabs when it comes to his friendship with Floyd Mayweather ... saying the boxing legend is mentoring him and he "loves and respects him."
The 24-1 (20 KOs) fighter took to social media on Thursday to defend his new bond with Mayweather after receiving backlash for hanging out with Floyd on several occasions, including their infamous 3 AM jog in Las Vegas.
"Floyd is mentoring me, And I love and respect him, he is so authentic so stop judging him," Garcia said to the haters.
Floyd Mayweather took boxer Ryan Garcia on one of his famous 3 a.m. runs through the streets of Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/LAobDy9hd0
"Judging a book by its cover will stop you from reading but Derrick James is my coach, and I love him too."
Some boxing fans have been confused by the relationship ... as Ryan is still in business with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. ODLH is a rival of TBE.
For what it's worth, not even De La Hoya seems too bothered. He told FightHype he was okay with Ryan and Floyd linkin' up, though he did add the situation would've been seen as a "conflict of interest" back in the day.
Other people have complained that Garcia lost at the hands of Gervonta Davis,whom Floyd is close with. Mayweather even celebrated with Tank in the ring after he beat Garcia.
But, Ryan doesn't want to hear it.
"You guys don’t know him and most of you will never. But he is authentic has a good heart and extremely generous," Ryan said.