5 reasons Garcia needs to win big against Guerrero
by Hector Franco
The press conferences are over. The media workouts are over. It’s time for the weigh in and for Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero to step in the ring. Many are counting Guerrero out in the bout. With the recent announcement of the WBC welterweight tournament, this bout would now be contested for the vacant WBC title, it brought more attention to the contest. This bout is more about Danny Garcia than it is about Robert Guerrero. For Guerrero, he has nothing to lose. After losing to Keith Thurman and surviving against Aron Martinez, He is getting another title shot. If Guerrero loses he can move on to other bouts as a gatekeeper or retire. This bout is a showcase for Garcia and he needs to look good.
1. Should we take Garcia seriously as a welterweight?
Anything can happen in the boxing ring and it’s possible that Robert Guerrero may be a bad match up for Garcia. Going off of recent track record Garcia has the advantage. Garcia only has one fight officially at welterweight against Paulie Malignaggi. Malignaggi was never an elite fighter and by the time Garica got to him he was well past his prime. Garcia stopped Malignaggi in nine rounds in an unimpressive affair. Malignaggi has been beaten much more impressively by other fighters. Most notably Garcia’s contemporaries, Amir Khan and Shawn Porter. If Garcia get’s in the ring with Guerrero and struggles in the least bit, it would likely put him as a prohibitive underdog against any of his fellow top welterweights. Garcia needs to make his stamp in the division and stop Garcia emphatically. Guerrero has never been stopped. For Garcia to beat a common opponent of Floyd Mayweather and Keith Thurman in a more impressive fashion than they did, would put the division on notice.
2. Make fan’s forget about the Herrera and Peterson decisions.
Boxing is a sport of “what have you done for me lately.” Danny Garcia since defeating Lucas Matthysse in September 2013 has gone through a backlash with many fans. His two close decision wins where a majority of fan’s had him losing have made fan’s forget that Garcia is a good prizefighter. The Herrera bout was supposed to be a showcase for Garcia in Puerto Rico. This backfired on Garcia as most fans had Herrera winning a close fight. The Lamont Peterson bout came a year too late. After a great start for Garcia over the last half of the bout he was walked down and beaten up by Peterson. If Garcia is able to take out Robert Guerrero in impressive fashion it could cause fan’s to forget these two unpopular decisions. Garcia need’s to put it in the minds of fans the Garcia that fought Amir Khan and Matthysee rather than Herrera and Peterson.
3. Rod Salka.
It’s the fight that started the nickname Cherry Garcia. It started the craze of putting cherry emoji’s all over a fighter’s social media. In August of 2014 on a card in Brooklyn, New York after facing Mauricio Herrera, Danny Garcia decided to face 130 pounder Rod Salka. The bout was the mismatch that most anticipated as Garcia brutally stopped Salka in two rounds. With the recent comments of Garcia’s Father/Trainer Angel Garcia where he questioned why Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter should fight instead of facing Salka’s themselves, it’s imperative that Garcia makes fan’s forget about that fight. Whether Garcia got paid well or not for the match up is not important. It brought his reputation as a fighter to the lowest levels. A Guerrero win may not erase this fight completely from the memory of fight fans, but if done impressively fans may be able to move on.
4. The start of the new generation.
Although Guerrero isn’t exactly an old fighter in age, he isn’t a fighter of the new generation. The welterweight division for the last five years has been dominated by Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather has had a grasp on the WBC title. Garcia winning the title could signify the end of one era and the beginning of another. The top ten of the welterweight division besides Manny Pacquiao is filled with young fighters. This bout being the first headlined on FOX in 20 years makes it a big stage for Garcia to stamp himself as one of the top fighters of the new generation.
5. It’s time to show fan’s that you are one of the best in the world.
Danny Garcia has an impressive resume with some good wins. Most notably his wins over Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse. This just like most resumes doesn’t go without criticism. Garcia can’t live off of his wins over Khan and Matthysse forever. Since these victories, Garcia has been inconsistent. There is a reason why he hasn’t been on anyone’s list as one of the top ten boxers in the world. Make no mistake this is a lay-up, an underhand pitch, a wide-open pass for Garcia. HIs promoters have taken care of him and it’s time to show fan’s why he has been pushed. This is a vacant title over a seemingly over the hill fighter who may not have much left. This isn’t the first time this has happened for Garcia. Erik Morales was well past his prime when he faced Garcia for the WBC 140 pound title. Garcia struggled with Morales the first time and it's possible that the same occurs with Guerrero.
In the end, Garcia needs to win and look good against Guerrero. If he doesn’t he may just be a victim for other welterweights in the division.