By Dan Ambrose: #2 WBC 147lb contender Danny Garcia (31-0, 17 KOs) thinks a rematch against #1 WBC Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) is definitely possible in the near future, and he believes the fight would be on pay-per-view if/when it takes place.
Garcia defeated Khan by a 4th round knockout three years ago in 2012, and the two have not come close to facing each other a second time for some reason. However, both guys are with Al Haymon, and Garcia thinks that’s a reason why the fight can take place in the near future.
Garcia has to take career of business next month in his fight against former two division world champion Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) on January 23rd at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California.
“It can happen. It can definitely happen,” Garcia said to Fighthype about a rematch against Amir Khan on pay-per-view. “The fight can easily be made. I think anybody in the PBC [Premier Boxing Champions] situation, the fight can be made for anybody at 147. I think so. I think that’s pay-per-view [a fight against Khan]. I think he’s improved, but I think I’ve improved too. I was way less experienced when I fought him. I feel a lot stronger at 147,” Garcia said.
Garcia needs to take to his adviser Al Haymon so that he can clear him up on his wacky ideas of fighting Khan on PPV. It’s not going to happen. Showtime would likely never waste their money putting Khan vs. Garcia on PPV, because it would be lucky to bring in even 50,000 PPV buys.
The problem that Khan and Garcia has is that they’re not seen as stars in the U.S right now. Garcia has two controversial decisions against Mauricio Herrera and Lamont Peterson that needs addressing by him. Besides that, Garcia’s best win of his career was his ugly low-blow filled fight against Lucas Matthysse in 2013.
That was an ugly fight to watch because Garcia nailed with low blows all night long, and it almost looked like it was a tactical plan by Garcia to debilitate Matthysse with the shots south of the border. As for Khan, he stopped fighting quality opposition three years ago after his loss to Garcia, and he’s just been fighting tune-ups for the past three years when he has been fighting.
Khan hasn’t been the busiest of fighters in the past two years, as he fought only once in 2013, twice in 2014, and once in 2015. In the meantime, Khan has been doing a lot of traveling around the world in one vacation after another.
You have to wonder at this point how serious Khan is about his career. He seems to be semi-retired already in the same way Oscar De La Hoya was in the last three years of his career after he’d already made his millions.
Khan might not make into a second fight against Garcia in good shape unfortunately, because Khan could wind up facing IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook next summer in the UK at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. If Khan takes the fight with Brook, then he could lose it by a knockout. If he wins the fight, then it’s possible the two of them could wind up facing each other in a rematch unless the International Boxing Federation stands firm with the winner by insisting that they fight the IBF mandatory like they did with Tyson Fury in stripping him of his IBF heavyweight title after he failed to agree to fight his #1 IBF mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.
The WBC has Khan ranked #1 and Danny Garcia at #2. They obviously are hoping that Khan and Garcia take the bait and fight for their WBC title. However, I’m not sure that Khan is going to go for that idea, even though it would be an easy fight for his adviser Al Haymon to make.
Khan seems to be more interested in making money at this point in his career rather than collecting world titles and proving himself as the best fighter at 147. Khan does a lot of talking about wanting to create a lasting legacy and be seen as the best fighter in the 147lb division, but he’s done precious little to accomplish that.
Khan would do well to avenge his losses to Garcia and Lamont Peterson, but I don’t think he’s interested in risking his neck in doing that. Fighting Brook is a no-brainer for Khan because he’ll get so much money in the fight that it won’t matter if he loses the fight or not. But against Garcia, he won’t get huge money for that fight and it definitely won’t be a pay-per-view worthy fight for Showtime, because neither of these two guys are popular enough to put the fight as the headliner for a PPV fight card. Khan vs. Garcia would be a good co-feature bout, but definitely not a headliner.