Danny Garcia: Moving up to 147 will rejuvenate my career
By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KO’s) came out the winner last Saturday night in beating Maurico Herrera (20-4, 7 KO’s) by a questionable 12 round majority decision in Bayamon, Peurto Rico, but Garcia was speaking like he had lost the fight at the post-fight press conference. He stated over and over again that he did his job and won the fight, but there was no conviction in his voice and in the voice of his father Angel Garcia.
They both sounded like it was a loss. Angel got upset when someone mentioned to him that the Showtime analysts had Herrera winning the fight. Angel then angrily said that they’re not judges and they might not have liked Danny anyway, implying that it may have been personal for them to have seen Herrera as the better fighter.
“I think going up to 147 will rejuvenate my career and bring me back better,” Garcia said at the post fight press conference. “I’ll be faster, stronger and smarter at 147. There will be less wear and tear on my body…It feels good to be Puerto Rican and beat a Mexican.”
Does this sound like a winner to you? Garcia sounds like a loser, and no matter how many times he talked about how he made adjustments in the fight against Herrera, he didn’t sound like he meant it. Garcia sounded like someone who was repeating canned phrases that he’d hear other fighters say in the past.
“He [Danny] wasn’t there for me 100 percent tonight,” Angel said. “It was just one of those days.”
I see Angel and Danny as not able to own the fact that Herrera was the better man. We’re seeing Garcia blaming his poor performance on his struggles making weight rather than him acknowledging that Herrera was just a smarter guy than him in the ring. You could see straight away that Herrera had a lot more ideas in what to do in each round than Danny, and it was pretty much a mismatch.
Danny had to wait until the end of the round to be told what to do by his father. He couldn’t think for himself during the rounds, and he looked lost. No way is this someone who deserves to be in the same ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., because he didn’t even prove that he was better than Herrera.