Garcia Edges Matthysse, Molina and Cano Win on Mayweather vs. Canelo Undercard

Kevin McRae@@McRaeWritesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2013

"The One" promised one of the strongest undercards in boxing history and it didn't disappoint.

In the co-main event, unified WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia went to hell and back to earn a unanimous decision victory over Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse. 

Scores were 114-112, 114-112, 115-111 for Garcia, who improves to 27-0, with 16 knockouts.

It was Matthysse who entered the ring with a reputation for having dynamite in his fists, but Garcia never seemed intimidated, and scored the only knockdown in the fight in the 11th round. It was a huge victory, on a huge stage, and should position Garcia for bigger fights down the road.

In undercard action, Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO) captured the IBF junior middleweight title with a lackluster, and most would say boring, split-decision victory over Ishe Smith (25-6, 11 KO).

Neither guy did much to establish himself in the fight, which was marred by many ugly, hard to score rounds.

In the opening bout of the pay-per-view, Pablo Cesar Cano scored a much-needed split-decision victory over Ashley Theophane. 

Cano landed the harder, more damaging blows throughout and reestablished himself in the loaded welterweight division with the victory.