Should Floyd Mayweather comeback to fight Danny Garcia?
By Hector Franco
Ever since Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement after his last bout against Andre Berto in September of last year he has been hinting at making a comeback. He has kept his name in boxing headlines by making statements on some of the current events going on in the sport. This past week in an interview with Fighthype.com, Mayweather brought up that he would be able to “shut down” the recently announced Canelo Alvarez–Amir Khan bout if he came back to face WBC welterweight champion, Danny Garcia. Mayweather has a win over Canelo while Garcia has a win over Khan. The idea is that it would be more entertaining for fans to watch the two winners rather than the two losers of the bouts. Unfortunately for Mayweather, it may be too soon for him to make a comeback, as fans haven’t had much time to miss seeing him in the ring. The sentiment of many fans is that Mayweather should stay retired.
If Mayweather decided to comeback against Garcia it’s debatable if it would be bigger than a Canelo-Khan bout. It would certainly be a bout that would top Mayweather’s last PPV against Andre Berto. Both men being undefeated and having held the same WBC title would make it an easy bout to sell to the public. Garcia is not the most proven welterweight in the world, however, his all-around resume is certainly better than all of the welterweights sans Pacquiao and Bradley. The press conference’s for the bout would have the potential to be very entertaining. Both fighters have two of the most outspoken trainers in the sport in Angel Garcia and Floyd Mayweather Sr. These two would likely lead the promotion with many worthwhile quotes. Each trainer bragging about how their son would defeat the other fighter. The question here with Mayweather vs. Garcia isn’t if it’s promotable, but if it’s a competitive match up.
Mayweather would be a large favorite going into a bout with Danny Garcia even at this stage of his career. Floyd may be slowing down, as his punch volume keeps getting lower but his defense and ring intelligence is still at the top of the sport. This along with his ability to read his opponent while dictating the pace that the fight is contested is second to none.
Garcia’s bouts with Ashley Theophane, Mauricio Herrera, and Lamont Peterson were all closely contested fights. Each could have been scored against Garcia. In each bout Garcia was unable to consistently keep the fight in the range where he is most effective, the mid-range. Danny Garcia is most effective as a mid-range fighter who utilizes his left hook in space and against Floyd he would be facing a fighter who is a master at distance deception and getting opponents to fight at a range of his choice.
At this point from what most fans have seen of Garcia, his best chance of beating Mayweather would be for Floyd to get old overnight. Many fans especially casual fan’s have grown tired of watching Mayweather bouts because of there lack of drama and competitiveness. Mayweather seems to be starving for attention. Fans may not buy that a bout with Danny Garcia would be any different.