Advertisement
Advertisement

Schaefer: Danny Garcia Can’t Overlook Mauricio Herrera

by David P. Greisman

Danny Garcia is going from beating well-known names such as Zab Judah, Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse to facing a lesser-known opponent in Mauricio Herrera. Not only that, but the March 15 fight will be a homecoming of sorts, with Garcia headlining in Puerto Rico, where his parents and grandparents are from.

Is there any danger of a letdown for Garcia in the ring now that he’s such an overwhelming favorite to win? Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions very well might just have been doing his job as promoter of selling the fight, but he told reporters on March 5 that the ingredients are there — including the opponent.

“Suddenly it’s like reverse roles. Danny has always been like the underdog and never really got, I think, the credit he deserves. But with his last performance against Lucas Matthysse, he changed a lot of people minds and opened a lot of people’s eyes,” Schaefer said.

“So I think he’s going to be in a different position, and that certainly is something. From a training point-of-view, I’ve talked to other fighters before when you do fight somebody where you are the favorite, do you really maybe skip a step here or skip a step there and say that really shouldn’t be too difficult after everybody else I fought? From a mental point of view, I definitely think that could be the case, but you need to ask Danny that question.”

(Reporters would indeed do so, and we’ll get to that later, but here’s more from Schaefer first.)

“Going to Puerto Rico might look like an advantage. His homecoming and first time fighting there in the place where his parents were born,” Schaefer said. “But that might be not necessarily a positive either, because what that does, it puts tremendous additional pressure on Danny to perform, because he obviously wants to get the approval of the Puerto Rican people, and he obviously wants to perform and entertain in front of the Puerto Rican people.

“And as I said before, that’s where you enter Mauricio Herrera, who is a known spoiler and who knows how to take advantage of [those who are] maybe cutting a step here or there in training, or the added pressure in Puerto Rico. Mauricio is going to come with everything to gain and nothing to lose, and these are the opponents who are the most dangerous.”

Garcia, for his part, said that he is approaching this Herrera fight with the same mentality that brought him to where he is now.

“I train hard for every fight. I put 110 percent in the gym. All I know is hard work and dedication,” Garcia said. “I know what I bring to the fight. I know how hard I work in the gym. No matter who believes in me and who thinks I’m going to win and who thinks I’m not going to win in future or past fights, I know what I’m capable of doing. I know how hard I work in the gym. And that’s why every time, at the end of the fight, I come out victorious, because I know the pain and sacrifice that I put my body through to win these fights.”

There will be additional promotional duties that come with this role for Garcia in this location. But again, he brushed off the potential implications.

“We’re not going to get distracted,” he said. “We know what we got to do. We’re going to do the same thing we always do. We’re going to stay focused until fight night, and then we’re going to get the job done, and then after that we can make the trips and go visit whoever we want to visit.”

Pick up a copy of David’s new book, “Fighting Words: The Heart and Heartbreak of Boxing,” at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsamazon or internationally at http://bit.ly/fightingwordsworldwide. Send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bushidō on 03-07-2014

Have a strange feeling that Garcia isn't going to look that great but will win.

Comment by jbpanama on 03-06-2014

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;14300379]You don't even know that Herrera beat Provodnikov, do you?[/QUOTE] Does he Have a Record...DIMWIT??? If he Beat Provo, He Must Be a Bad Madder Trucker!!!

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-06-2014

[QUOTE=jbpanama;14300275]Did I Miss Something..., In the Article??? Does this Herrera Cat have a record???[/QUOTE] You don't even know that Herrera beat Provodnikov, do you?

Comment by jbpanama on 03-06-2014

[QUOTE=Mannie Phresh;14300111]Harerra is doping right now. PR athletic commission? What pr athletic commission?[/QUOTE] U think FRAUD turned Him on to the Armstrong Method!!!

Comment by jbpanama on 03-06-2014

[QUOTE=MoneyMayFan;14300163]I cant believe he gets a pass for this fight when all he had to do was open his mouth and fight the p4p king[/QUOTE] What makes U think... Garcia has the right Profile, to Land in The FRAUD's Sweepstakes???

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (22)
Top Headlines Photos: Andre Ward Throws Ceremonial First Pitch in Oakland Photos: Jamel Herring vs. Denis Shafikov Open Workouts Photos: Mikaela Lauren, Klara Svensson Go Face To Face Zac Dunn Stops Carlos Jerez In Five, Remains Unbeaten Promoter: David Benavidez Will Become Youngest 168 Champ Daniel Jacobs Rips Mora, Says Billy Joe Saunders Rejected Fight Golovkin Focuses on Middleweight Legacy, Canelo in Rearview Frank Warren: Wilder, Fury Would Outwork, Outfight Joshua Hearn: After Watching Thurman-Porter - I Know Brook is Better! Joshua Gormley To Face Andy Ruiz on July 16, Detroit Anthony Joshua's Fall Options: Stiverne, Jennings, Pulev, Parker Keith Thurman Very Interested in Facing Kell Brook in The Fall Wilder Embraces VADA, Feels Drug Testing Should Be Year-Round Margarito: Canelo Will Not Be Able To Help His Brother! Golovkin's Promoter: Eubank in The UK Would Be Huge Event Luis Rosa vs. Luis Hinojosa Ends in First Round No-Contest Peter Quillin Mulling New Direction, Move To Super Middleweight Ricky Burns, Kirill Relikh Have 30 Days To Reach a Deal Soto-Karass vs. Kamegai II Eyed For Canelo vs. Smith PPV Telemundo Weights From Mexico City: Ruiz 130, Diaz 129 Jezreel Corrales-Jason Sosa Ordered To Collide By The WBA James Kirkland in Training, Reunites With Ann Wolfe Canelo Back on 'Regular' HBO? - Door is Open For December Rau'Shee Warren vs. Jamie McDonnell Ordered By The WBA Jose Felix Jr. Returns on August 27 on Marriaga vs. Robb Card Thurman-Porter Final Ratings: 3.1 Million Viewers, Highest of '16 Erkan Teper, Despite Suspension, Returns To Face Rossy Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola Take Part in VADA Testing Jarrell Miller vs. Fred Kassi on August 19th, Showtime Ogogo To Eubank Jr: After Golovkin Bashes You Up - I'll Be Ready! Sergio Martinez: Canelo Made Smart Business Move With GGG Nick Blackwell Blown Away By David Haye's Generous Donation Miguel Marriaga vs. Guy Robb WBO Eliminator on August 27th DiBella Thinks Female Pro Boxing Hits Major U.S. TV in 2016 Porter Plots Fall Return, Wants Immediate Thurman Rematch Hearn: Amir Khan Will NEVER Be The Same, NEVER Face Brook Whyte: Don't Be Shocked if Shannon Briggs Drills David Haye Wilder vs. Joshua Will Be Built Up as SHO PPV, Says Hearn Danny Garcia Hits Back at Keith Thurman With Sneaky Reply Haskins vs. Hall is Likely For Brook-Vargas or Golovkin-Eubank
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement