Is Danny Garcia an option for Floyd Mayweather Jr?
(Photo credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions) By Gerardo Granados: After dominating a past prime TV Analyst Paul Malignaggi the question left to answer is if Danny Garcia will face a real challenge at 147 on his next bout. It’s true that Garcia was able to stop Malignaggi on the ninth round and dominated the full fight but it is also true that boxing purist and hardcore fight fans cannot be surprised and only a few casual fans should be deluded to think that this was a significant victory for Garcia´s record.
Unarguably Garcia has a marketable name and has been fortunate to have influential promoters behind him so Danny with ease could get a shot at IBF welter belt holder Kell Brook or WBO welter belt holder Tim Bradley. Some Casual fans could believe Garcia is the second coming of Tito Trinidad or Wilfred Benitez but nothing is farther from the truth. Not the less Danny took a big check worth 1.2 million notes so it is obvious that smart matchmaking allows more than one boxer to face low risk high reward opposition without the need to prove that they are deserving of a million notes purse.
Just as Garcia picked Malignaggi who still has a name, fan base and also was tailor made for him to look good, Mayweather Jr. could also pick Garcia, after all Danny is young former light welter champion who is still in his prime.
Until today Floyd has not made official who will be his next opponent, the name of Andre Berto is not attractive enough for a Pay Per View event but the name of Danny Garcia could sell a lot better.
A friend of mine thinks that Floyd is entitle to take on an easy fighter next after his clear unanimous victory against Manny Pacquiao last May. After all other great boxers have done it in the past but if Berto was the chosen one then it should not be on PPV.
How come fight fans have been critical about a possible Mayweather vs Berto bout but those same fans believed that Malignaggi represented a legit threat to Garcia, it is a thing that perhaps not only the CEO´s of the major networks know very well up to the detail.
The business side of Pro Boxing has turned prize fighting into a Corporate Boxing Industry in which the revenues are first and the quality of matchmaking isn’t as important because now the greedy promoters can create illusions based on strong TV marketability of talented enough boxers who have an attractive personality to sell to the audience without the need to highlight the competitive side of prizefighting.
Of course there are exceptions and thanks to all those brave sons of boxing prize fighting is still alive.
Possibly Floyd Mayweather will pick the name that can bring the higher numbers in, maybe Danny Garcia will pick a solid welterweight or perhaps smart match making will be the key to choose the next fight. But for sure Danny Garcia must be an option for Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he might not represent a legit threat to him but he does have a marketable name.
I think it’s clear that we the fight fans can opt to not to watch a mismatch like yesterdays. So I will only can ask to the reader, is Garcia an option for Mayweather?