Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: Garcia/Herrera, Canelo’s PPV numbers, Mayweather, Wilder, and more!!!

Danny Garcia - Danny Garcia

C. Jasper (Columbia, SC): I know you were pretty high on Danny Garcia after he soundly defeated Lucas Matthyssee. After seeing him struggle against a nobody, what do you think now?

Vivek W. (ESB): I’ll start by saying that I totally beg to differ, as it relates to your opinion of Mauricio Herrera being a “nobody”. Covering the sport over the years, I’ve always liked the art of keeping a thumb on those men and women who are under the radar, but above the rim, so to speak. Coming into this bout, I definitely viewed Herrera as someone who was not to be taken lightly. On the morning of all major fights, I post a Facebook “Scouting Report” which lays out my thoughts in general terms. I’m not always as deadly accurate as I’d like, but in hindsight, the words posted were almost ominous, as they spoke very clearly about what would later happen. To revisit the caption, here is a direct quote:

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Danny Garcia defeats Mauricio Herrera; Deontay Wilder dazzles with first-round knockout over Malik Scott

Danny Garcia - Danny Garcia

(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (March 16, 2014) – Unified Super Lightweight World Champion

Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) defeated Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (20-4, 7 KOs) via a majority decision to remain undefeated on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®.

Garcia established himself in the first round, landing the bigger punches against Herrera. But it was quickly clear that the challenger wasn’t going to let Garcia off easy, peppering the champion with strong shots to his body and head.By the end of round four, Garcia’s corner, specifically his father and trainer, Angel Garcia, could be heard telling the champion urgently to step-up his game and take control. Herrera, of Riverside, Calif., pressed on and proved himself as a worthy opponent with both fighters exchanging vicious shots throughout the extremely close match.

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Garcia decisions Herrera; Lopez halts De Leon; Wilder destroys Scott

Danny Garcia - Danny Garcia

(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) In a very close fight that was difficult to score, WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia 28-0, 16 KO’s) defeated the hard as nails challenger Mauricio Herrera (20-4, 7 KO’s) by a 12 round majority decision tonight at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. It was not a good performance from Garcia, because he failed to make adjustments to Herrera’s fighting style and he got picked apart in the last half of the fight.

I personally scored the fight for Herrera by four rounds, but Garcia getting the decision makes sense because of the venue. Herrera wasn’t going to win this fight without knocking Garcia out to doing something spectacular like knocking Garcia down 3-4 times. The judges scored it 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.

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Boxing 411: “Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera” video preview and pre-fight analysis

Tonight from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, universally recognized Junior Welterweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) will defend his titles against 140 pound contender Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) in a twelve round scheduled bout, slated to be broadcast on Showtime Championship Boxing with a start time of 9PM EST/6PM PST.

The championship bout could surprise a lot of people who aren‘t expecting a competitive contest.  Fighters who move well and use the entire ring effectively will often give Danny Garcia problems. If the incumbent title holder isn‘t taking this fight as seriously as he should, he could have a very difficult and frustrating night in front of the Puerto Rican faithful.

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Garcia 139.75, Herrera 139.25: Weights

Danny Garcia - Danny Garcia

WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia made weight on Friday for his title defense against Mauricio Herrera on Saturday night in Puerto Rico. Garcia is hoping to impress the Puerto Rican fans, many of which won’t be coming to the fight to see him.

They’ll be coming to see the undercard match-up between Juan Manuel Lopez and Daniel Ponce De Leon. Golden Boy Promotions chose Herrera for Garcia to fight in order to give Garcia a better chance of looking good than if he were to face someone that he’d have to struggle a little to beat. The idea here is to try and turn Danny into another Miguel Cotto type of attraction in Puerto Rico.

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Garcia, Herrera, Deontay Wilder and Scott quotes

Danny Garcia - Danny Garcia

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (March 13, 2014) – Unified Super Lightweight World Champion

Danny “Swift” Garcia, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera, WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion Deontay “Bronx Bomber” Wilder, Malik “King” Scott, Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, Daniel Ponce de Leon and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs spoke to themedia during an open workout at Amelia Municipal Boxing Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in advance of their respective fights this Saturday, March 15 bouts at Cloliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, which will air LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and SHOWTIME EXTREME.

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Garcia-Herrera and Wilder-Scott statistics

WBC STATISTICS

WBC Super Lightweight World Championship

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez

March 15, 2014

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PRESENTS:

GARCIA VS HERRERA

DANNY “Swift” GARCIA (United States)

WBC Super Lightweight World Champion

Age, date of birth: 25 (March 20, 1988)

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Garcia vs. Herrera: Can Mauricio spoil the Garcia Klan’s homecoming?

Danny Garcia - Danny Garcia

This Saturday night from Bayamon, Puerto Rico Danny Garcia faces Mauricio Herrera on Showtime in what will be a homecoming of sorts for the Garcia Klan.

The fighting pride of Puerto Rican roots runs deep in the sport of boxing. The once proud and best pound for pound island for producing champions has recently hit a rough patch of fighters to support at the world level.

Miguel Cotto will no doubt fill the Mecca of boxing to the rafters when he takes on lineal middleweight title holder Sergio Martinez the eve of the Puerto Rican parade at the Garden.

The promising prospect Felix Verdejo is knocking on the door of stardom and soon enough will kick that door down in an attempt to fill the void left by Juanma Lopez’s once promising career.

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