It’s finally here. The time has come. It’s the event that both hardcore and casual boxing fans have been talking about for months now. It’s the event that has just been known as #TheOne. Taking place inside the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel will be 2 the most publicized events known in boxing in the last few years as Floyd “Money” Mayweather will square off against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a WBA/WBC junior middleweight unification title fight, at a catch weight of 152. Also, on the undercard will be the fight that true hardcore fans have wanted since Mike Dallas hit the ground in round 1, 9 months ago, as Danny “Swift” Garcia will face, KO artist, Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse for Garcia’s WBA/WBC junior welterweight title. Also on this great event’s undercard will be a 3rd championship bout as Ishe Smith will defend his IBF junior middleweight title against Carlos Molina.
As great as this entire card will be, the one that hardcore boxing fans want to see is Matthysse vs. Garcia. Lucas Matthysse comes into this bout with a 34-2 record with 32 KO’s. Both of his losses were controversial and most people thought he beat Devon Alexander and about half of the people you talk to think he beat Zab Judah. He is known for his power, but if you watch his fights against Alexander and Judah and compare it to his fights against Peterson and Dallas Jr, you will see that he has made big strides in his technical boxing. Matthysse now has better defense, uses his jab more, is more patient when needed, and actually can counterpunch. He is no longer a 1 trick pony, so when you combine actual boxing skill with the power he has, watch out.
Danny Garcia is 26-0 with 16 KO’s. He can sometimes get lost in the headlines of his father, Angel Garcia. However, it seems to be working for him. While most of his opponents go into the fight almost wanting to knock his father out, they realizing that Danny is the guy they have to deal with. Danny may not be an “elite” boxer yet, but he is very skilled. He is a better boxer than Matthysse and no matter how much you want to criticize his opponents and their age, he still beat a solid Khan that no one expected him to beat. Garcia is an underrated fighter that seems to be more hated because of the people around him rather than Danny himself. If he’s not the best at 140, he’s definitely top 2, so win or lose in this one, he is still 1 of the best boxers in the world at 140.
Danny is the better boxer, but I as I said earlier, I don’t consider him an “elite” boxer in the Floyd, Pacquiao, Marquez, type of skilled mold yet. Plus, I have NO DOUBT someone will get stopped in this one and most likely with a left hook. Because of this, I’m going with the harder puncher and picking Matthysse by 5th round TKO. The bigger question after this will be then, who will be next? This one is taking place on a Floyd Mayweather card. He still has 4 open spots left for the rest of his Showtime contract, also known as, “The Floyd Mayweather Sweepstakes”. You can very easily see the winner of this fight moving up to welterweight next year to be a future Mayweather opponent. However, before you look at the possible big $10 million type payday against Floyd, you’ll have to see who will be #TheOne to come out on top for this one, enjoy the fight.