Boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s) notched up yet another dominant win this past weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather outclassed his Mexican opponent Saul Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) over 12 rounds and added the WBC and WBA light middleweight titles to his already huge collection of world championship belts.
Earlier in the night on the undercard of Mayweather-Alvarez there was another very interesting world title fight that took place between two power-punchers in American Danny 'Swift' Garcia (27-0, 16 KO’s) who some may remember stopping Amir Khan in four rounds last year and Argentinian, Lucas 'La Maquina' Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO's).
The Garcia versus Matthysse bout was a good fight between two very good, solid professionals who gave it all on the night and displayed some good power-punching and boxing skills - as well as the determination needed to reach the very top of this sport.
Matthysse was fighting with one eye closed for around half of the fight after taking some good shots from Garcia who certainly had the edge over his opponent in pure boxing skill, while Matthysse had the advantage in sheer punching-power, despite Garcia managing to floor the Argentinian in the 11th round.
It was Garcia’s boxing skill that won him the fight on points in something of a surprise. The majority of experts had picked Matthysse to win by KO but Garcia had other ideas as he just about out-boxed his opponent and when the time came to take the inevitable big shots from Matthysse, Danny showed he had a granite chin to back up his skill and power.
Garcia is 25-years-old and is nearing his prime right now. He has beaten some good names on his way to the top and where he goes next could determine his status in boxing for years to come.
Being on a Mayweather undercard is a great way to display your skills in front of the whole world and taking a good win in a fight that entertained us all is a great way of showing just what you are made of.
If you’re in or around Mayweather's weight division (which is welterweight, despite Floyd fighting a division above this past weekend) then there is a chance you could be next in line to fight the man who calls himself 'Money'.
So could Garcia be the next in line for Mayweather? I believe he could and most likely will be Mayweather's next opponent. Let’s face it, Floyd has beaten virtually everyone out there barring Manny Pacquiao and following two straight defeats for Pacquiao, the fight with Mayweather seems a long way from ever happening.
Garcia would definitely sell tickets and the build-up alone would score 10 out of 10 for entertainment as Mayweather himself is the king of the trash talk and Garcia’s father/trainer, Angel Garcia is one of the most entertaining talkers I have ever heard in the game.
He is constantly standing up at his son’s press conferences, hurling abuse at the upcoming opponent no matter who that happens to be and I just have a feeling that for once Floyd may be outdone verbally should this fight be signed.
I personally would welcome Floyd fighting Garcia. I believe Danny has earned his stripes and now deserves his shot at the big time after notching up a good list of names he has been in with and beaten.
Names like Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Zab Judah and now Lucas Matthysse are on that list and now I think the time is right for Garcia to move up to that elite level and see how he fares there.
I don’t believe Garcia would beat Mayweather, but at the same time I truly believe Mayweather would have to go as high as middleweight to find someone who could beat him and to be honest a fight at such a high weight division would just be plain silly really.
Floyd is a small welterweight who has ventured a couple of times into the light middleweight division but has given up a lot of size each time and to expect Floyd to go any higher would be asking too much in my opinion.
Floyd is now two fights into his six-fight contract that he signed with Showtime early this year and he has revealed his intention to retire after the contract has come to an end.
So any fight with Floyd now would be a huge payday and event for his opponent and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Will Garcia be the next man to be given that opportunity? I must say, I do hope so.
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