Mayweather the driving force behind Matthysse vs. Garcia fight getting made
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly had a huge part in making the Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) vs. Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s) fight get made for his undercard on September 14th. Mayweather Jr. pushed for the fight, as he wanted this bout specifically for his undercard, and he got it.
There’s no word yet how much Matthysse and Garcia will be getting for this fight, but you have to imagine it’ll be more than $1 million. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports believes it’ll be more than $3 million to make the fight happen. If so, you have to wonder where the money is coming from.
Did Mayweather give some of his own purse to help make the fight happen, as Garcia didn’t seem eager to take the fight and there were more than a few people who figured that the fight wouldn’t get put together. At least now Garcia will get a big payday even if he gets knocked out or beaten up in losing his WBA and WBC 140 lb. titles.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said to Yahoo Sports “Floyd made it clear to us that he wanted to give his fans the biggest and best fights possible on his cards. With this fight being made, Garcia vs. Matthysse, this is going to be a tremendous card. This fight is a main event alone.”
Ellerbe is correct. Matthysse-Garcia is a stand-alone fight and fight and quite capable of being a main event on it’s own, although I’m not quite sure about it being big enough to be a pay per view bout all by itself. But it’s a fight that would bring in huge ratings on regular Showtime.
The September Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight card just got a lot bigger with the addition of Matthysse vs. Garcia, and now all it needs is maybe more big fight such as Erislandy Lara vs. Austin Trout. That’s a fight that mainly hardcore boxing fans would appreciate because neither guy has a huge fan base in the U.S, but hardcore fans would like that fight.