Danny Garcia has not lost a fight in his professional boxing career. On Saturday, he’ll look to keep his perfect record when he defends his junior welterweight titles against Mauricio Herrera.
Neither man has stepped in the ring since September. In his last fight, Herrera defeated Miguel Angel Huerta in a unanimous decision. Garcia beat Lucas Matthysse at the MGM Grand in a unanimous decision, as well.
Against Matthysse, Garcia was the clear underdog. Six months after pulling off the upset, Garcia is a heavy favorite. Bovada.lv has set his odds at -1200, while Herrera comes in at +700.
The bout is set to take to take place in Puerto Rico. At the weigh-in, Garcia was listed at 139.75 pounds. A day before the fight, Herrera weighs 139.25 pounds.
Herrera hasn’t proven himself to be in Garcia’s class. Prior to his last two victories, he was defeated twice in a row. He does, however, have a win against Ruslan Provodnikov on his record, and is confident about his chances.
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“Danny has the belts and I’m very motivated,” Herrera said, via Ring Magazine. “I see him as a good all-around fighter. He’s a smart fighter, but he makes mistakes. I’m going to capitalize on those mistakes. We’ve got something special for Danny.”
While Garcia is the best competition that Herrera has ever faced, it looked like Garcia’s next fight might be against the best boxer in the world. There was speculation that his win over Matthysse would earn him a fight with Floyd Mayweather. Ultimately, Mayweather decided to take on Marcos Maidana.
“We weren’t really pressing for the fight,” Garcia said, via Sports Illustrated. “We just let Golden Boy do their job and I let [advisor] Al [Haymon] do his job. I never question what Al does, I never question what my team does, so whoever they tell me to fight, I’ll fight and I’ll train and I’ll get ready for it.”
Garcia’s resume dwarfs that of Herrera. Before beating Matthysse, he defeated Zab Judah by unanimous decision, and knocked out Erik Morales and Amir Khan. The fight is likely to go the distance, but it will be an incredible upset if Garcia does not come out on the winning end.
Prediction: Garcia by unanimous decision