Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor
Garcia went to war and survived.
It’s stunning that so many knowledgeable boxing observers—yours truly included—were willing to simply dismiss Danny Garcia’s chances of retaining his junior welterweight championship against Lucas Matthysse.
Garcia, even as the champion, entered the ring as a substantial underdog, and was expected to cede his belts to the Argentine knockout machine, most likely, inside the distance.
But Garcia turned in the performance of his young life. He wasn’t timid, and showed no signs of fearing his opponent’s substantial punching power.
It was a close, competitive bout, but Garcia closed the show with an 11th round knockdown—what were the odds of that going into the fight—to win a clear unanimous decision.
Garcia’s stock has never been higher, and he’s rightfully emerged as one of the brightest young stars in boxing. You see where this is going, don’t you?
Almost immediately after the pay-per-view went off the air, speculation ran rampant throughout the MGM Grand that Garcia would have to be the next logical opponent for Floyd Mayweather.
For both of their parts, neither guy seemed willing to speculate, but heads up, this is something we’re going to be hearing about for a while.