Danny Garcia Definitely Holding Out for Mayweather or Pacquiao

Danny Garcia Definitely Holding Out – It’s been recently leaked that WBC welterweight title holder Danny Garcia 32-0 (18) may fight former IBF title holder Andre Berto 31-4 (24) this coming September. Both Garcia and Berto are coming off solid wins – Garcia having defeated former Berto conquer Roberto Guerrero to win the vacant WBC title, and Berto having exacted revenge over Victor Ortiz via a fourth round stoppage five years after losing a unanimous decision to him.

The thought of a possible Garcia-Berto clash doesn’t seem to be going over that well with boxing fans. And the reason for that is that almost everyone feels it’s a foregone conclusion that Garcia will win – an opinion which I also endorse. Actually, I don’t think it would be a difficult fight for Danny. Berto isn’t very mobile and is easy to hit. He’s not a big puncher and when all is said and done, if Garcia is in shape and has an interest in the result, he’d out-tough Berto and eventually break him down both physically and mentally.

The thing that’s becoming abundantly clear about Danny Garcia is the way he’s managing his career and choosing opponents. It’s nearly impossible to miss the influence of Floyd Mayweather. Apparently Garcia paid close attention to the way Floyd conducted his business outside of the ring. Danny grasped that Floyd, along with Bernard Hopkins, were the first great fighters to exploit the boxing establishment instead of being used up and run over by it. Certainly there have been greater fighters than both Mayweather and Hopkins, but how many of them actually retired with their health, wealth and respect the way Floyd and Bernard did or will? The list is very short.

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Danny Garcia Definitely Holding Out

The Mayweather playbook for exploiting the system is pretty simplistic. And it goes something like this – remain undefeated at the world class championship level and fight the biggest names when the risk of losing is the lowest and the purse is the highest. It’s not a coincidence that more and more boxing fans are starting to ask when Garcia is going to step up and stop fighting smaller fighters or name guys on the decline. I believe that’s what we heard for the last 11 or 12 years of Mayweather’s stellar career. Yet he fought on, taking fights that offered the least risk. Seldom were they drama filled nor was the result ever in doubt, but fans continued to shell out their money to watch them. Floyd never changed the script and got over for the last eight years of his career banking millions of dollars engaging in bouts that were money in the bank regarding the result. Why on earth would he change something that was working beautifully? He wouldn’t and he didn’t.

Without a doubt Danny Garcia is a fearless fighter and a legitimate tough guy. However, he’s equally as smart as he is tough. Danny fully grasps that a fighter’s time at the top is usually short lived. He also knows fans love to see great fights between the best fighters in each weight division, but the cost of giving them those fights results in a shortened career and fewer paydays. There’s a lot to be said about fighters who take risk and fight every bad ass on the block. We salute them and give them major applause when we see them or when they’re sitting ringside. But other than that, fans usually don’t care about how they’re doing regarding their health and finances. Of course when they hear their favorite fighters have fallen on hard times they feel bad for them, but what good does that do the retired fighters?

Floyd Mayweather mapped out the path on how to extend your career and maximize your earning potential at the upper-tier level in professional boxing where titles are involved, and Danny Garcia took good notes and is now trying to chart a course resembling Floyd’s. Garcia probably knows he can never truly adopt his inner Mayweather because he’s not the marketer that Floyd was and isn’t as comfortable being the bad guy, something Mayweather was comfortable with. However, he realizes, as did Mayweather, that being undefeated is a great marketing tool. One that shouldn’t be squandered for the sake of gaining favor with the fans – the same ones who will abandon you the second you’re no longer undefeated. They won’t care that you lost to another killer, they’ll just know that you’re not all that great  anymore because you’ve been beaten.

Garcia is picking his spots because he knows the “0” on the right side of his record really is worth millions. Danny doesn’t fear Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford or anyone else. In his perfect world Mayweather UN-retires and challenges him. I can just hear Mayweather saying….”I only fight the best. Danny Garcia is undefeated just like me. Again, I only give the fans what they want.” Garcia knows Mayweather is a terrible match-up for him stylistically, but that’s okay because he’ll sell the “0” for the type money he’d get fighting Mayweather. And that applies to him fighting Manny Pacquiao just the same.

Don’t look for Garcia to fight anyone who is a true threat to him until he’s 100% certain that there’s no chance of him getting a fight with either Mayweather or Pacquiao. He knows the “0” is the ultimate leverage in securing a big fight and he’s not going to chance it on Keith Thurman or Terence Crawford until their 0’s are worth enough to make fighting them a financial blockbuster.

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Danny Garcia Definitely Holding Out

COMMENTS

-Radam G :

With the poppas both crazy as heck. And almost coming to blows once, that is a good hook for this scrap. The smack talk of both Pops Joy May and Whacky Pappa will be classic. The scrap between the sons will not. Danny "Swift" G is a bit slow for Money May's shenanigans. Swift G and Money May will have a boring affair that Money May dominates. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Danny will have a looooong wait


-brownsugar :

Berto's only lost to Ortiz, Guerrero, Soto Karass, and Mayweather. And he just revenged his loss against Ortiz, He would surely beat Guerrero today and he fought Soto Karass injured. He's not THAT bad and was starting a win streak before grabbing the Mayweather payday. Its not an easy fight for Garcia and its guaranteed to be all action. I don't know how much of a difference Virgil Hunter is making in Berto's style but his stamina has improved and he's regained his confidence by hanging out with the ultimate motivator, SOG Ward. When Floyd goes off social media and quits promoting himself, it could be months or years before he resurfaces. I'm sure Danny "Swift"Garcia would like to top off his checking account and stay busy...well Berto is ready and available. Pac has Vargas who is a dyed in the wool TR companyman so he can forget about getting that fight.......take the Beryl fight now Danny before someone more dangerous scoops him up. (He might get fed to Erroll Spence or Porter)


-The Good Doctor :

Danny will have a looooong wait
I dunno man. If Money fights again of if Manny fights past Vargas, you have to figure he's next because he would be a relatively easy sell. Undefeated, decent names on his resume, the last name Garcia, and holds a strap. Although many of us that are beyond the casual boxing fan look at Danny with some side eye and think he is extremely lucky to not have 2 or 3 losses, fighting him for Pac or Floyd does make sense.


-Kid Blast :

I dunno man. If Money fights again of if Manny fights past Vargas, you have to figure he's next because he would be a relatively easy sell. Undefeated, decent names on his resume, the last name Garcia, and holds a strap. Although many of us that are beyond the casual boxing fan look at Danny with some side eye and think he is extremely lucky to not have 2 or 3 losses, fighting him for Pac or Floyd does make sense.
Point taken


-amayseng :

I dunno man. If Money fights again of if Manny fights past Vargas, you have to figure he's next because he would be a relatively easy sell. Undefeated, decent names on his resume, the last name Garcia, and holds a strap. Although many of us that are beyond the casual boxing fan look at Danny with some side eye and think he is extremely lucky to not have 2 or 3 losses, fighting him for Pac or Floyd does make sense.
Floyd could come in next week without having trained for 6 months and still UD Garcia in easy fashion and Pac knocks him out relatively quickly.


-Skibbz :

Danny Garcia and Khan merged souls that night they fought...


-Radam G :

Danny Garcia and Khan merged souls that night they fought...
Hehehe! It appears that way. Holla!


-Radam G :

Swift G's whacky poppa Angel is now calling out T-Craw. And Bud is saying bring it on. He kicked Swift G's arse in the amateurs, but Poppa Angel is denying it. I guess it is the same about Swift G losing two scraps as a pro. I doubt that he can now handle Bud. Holla!


-oubobcat :

Danny Garcia is no doubt looking to maximize leverage at this point in his career. He either wants a big money easy fight or bigger money big fight. He is also no doubt at the moment believing he is Mayweather's comeback foe (not saying he is correct but that is his belief) and will not risk that fight with a high risk low reward bout (ie Keith Thurman). I saw that beef on twitter with Crawford. Personally, I believe Crawford called Garcia's bluff. Garcia will take the easy way out of that and say the money is not right. He has zero interest in fighting Crawford anytime soon or in the future.


-brownsugar :

Danny Garcia is no doubt looking to maximize leverage at this point in his career. He either wants a big money easy fight or bigger money big fight. He is also no doubt at the moment believing he is Mayweather's comeback foe (not saying he is correct but that is his belief) and will not risk that fight with a high risk low reward bout (ie Keith Thurman). I saw that beef on twitter with Crawford. Personally, I believe Crawford called Garcia's bluff. Garcia will take the easy way out of that and say the money is not right. He has zero interest in fighting Crawford anytime soon or in the future.
Yep I saw that earlier and had to smile ... Make it happen. Crawford wouldn't be doing a lot of running in that fight. Excellent move by Crawford to keep the momentum of his career moving along. But personally I think Garcia likes the fight...... "call Al Haymon" was his reply..."and make the fight" Garcia fought Zab, Khan, and Matthysse, and Peterson,.... he was the underdog in some of those fights. But his dad may feel entirely different ...despite being the one who started the beef by dissing Crawford. Good post!