By Dan Ambrose: Challenger Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) looked in superb shape at today’s weigh-in for his title shot against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matthysse came in at 140 pounds and look close to his fighting weight.
Matthysse didn’t look thin and dehydrated like some fighters do. I wish I could say the same thing about Danny Garcia. He weighed in at 140 as well, but his appearance was that of a fighter that had taken off a ton of weight. Garcia looks like he’s going to rehydrate by at least 15 pounds come Saturday night. But I just don’t think the extra weight is going to help him though for this fight, because even if Garcia is 10-15 pounds heavier than Matthysse, he still doesn’t hit as hard as him, and he definitely doesn’t have equal power in both hands the way that Matthysse does.
Garcia looked really nervous when he was facing Matthysse in the stare down, and it was one of those thousand yard stares that you see from a person when they know they’re doomed and don’t have a good feeling that they’re going to succeed. Danny looked just the same way he did when he was at ringside to witness Matthysse’s three-round demolition of IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson last May. Garcia looked like he was in shock after watching what Matthysse had done to Peterson; not because of what Matthysse had done, but seemingly because he was going to have to face Matthysse next.
It’s real for Garcia now, and he doesn’t look like a happy individual knowing what’s in store for him tomorrow night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The whole world is going to see it, and it’s probably going to be ugly for Danny with him getting splattered all over the canvas by Matthysse. The good thing is the fight will probably be over by the 6th round with Matthysse knocking Garcia out cold. The bad thing for Garcia is everyone will see it and it won’t be pretty.