Philadelphia-born Puerto Rican champion Danny Garcia delivered what he anticipates will be his final performance in the 140-pound weight class on Saturday night in his ancestral homeland, downing challenger Mauricio Herrera via majority decision over 12 rounds atop a two-bout Showtime card.
Two judges gave it to Garcia by 116-112 counts, while a third saw it even at 114.
Incidentally, this Bleacher Report scorecard agreed with the majority, seeing it 116-112.
The soon-to-be 26-year-old (his birthday is March 20) made the fifth successful defense of the World Boxing Council title he won in 2012 against veteran Erik Morales—and the fourth of the World Boxing Association strap he captured four months later against Amir Khan—while simultaneously running his professional record to 28-0 with 17 knockouts.
"I thought my last fight was the last one (at 140 pounds), but apparently it wasn't,” Garcia said a few days before the Herrera fight, referring to his 12-round decision over Lucas Matthysse on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul Alvarez undercard last September in Las Vegas.
Assuming his guess is correct this time around, the increasingly popular and conveniently connected Garcia won't be without potential suitors as a welterweight, both with foes whose ships he passed at 140 pounds and others who share his promotional allegiance with Golden Boy.
He's actually no stranger to some additional weight, having tipped the scales between 140 and 147 no fewer than 19 times, including three fights at exactly 144 pounds—for defeats of Jesus Villareal (TKO 2), Marlo Cortez (KO 2) and Julio Gamboa (UD 6). The last time weighing in above 140 came in February 2011, when he stopped John Figueroa in two rounds at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego.
"Boxing is a business and fighters have different destinies. I'm still building toward mine," Garcia said. "A lot of the guys who've moved up are around my age, 25 to 30, so if I don't fight you at 140, then I'll definitely get you at 147."
Here's a list of five guys we feel would be attractive candidates for an anticipated welterweight debut. Feel free to take to the comments section to have your say on who would or could be next.