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

Kevin McRaeFeatured 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.