Las Vegas' MGM Grand played host to a press conference in anticipation of Saturday night’s world junior welterweight championship bout between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse. Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer correctly stated that this super fight for 140-pound supremacy could easily headline its own big event. “We asked Floyd [Mayweather] for his permission and got his OK to put Garcia and Matthysse on this card,” said Schaefer. Most boxing insiders are indeed looking forward to Garcia-Matthysse as much as Mayweather's main event fight against Saul Alvarez. Many even believe the former could be the more explosive and more entertaining boxing match.
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One man who is always entertaining is Garcia’s father and trainer, Angel Garcia and he didn’t disappoint at Thursday’s press conference. “Everyone is disrespecting the champ,” said Angel about his son. “Who did Matthysse beat to be getting all of this respect? He has fought in America four times and is 2-2 [in fairness, the two losses were very close decisions]. He knocked out a bunch of tomato cans in Argentina, and he thinks he is going to come into America and take Danny’s title? It’s not gonna happen,” claimed the elder Garcia. Matthysse, who doesn’t speak English, was very brief and stated that he is looking forward to a good fight. Danny Garcia was also brief but more outspoken. “Look at his record and his opponents, even you (boxing media) probably won’t recognize many names. I’ve been in tough my whole career.”
In the other title fight on the pay-per-view broadcast, Ishe Smith defends his 1IBF 154-pound belt against Carlos Molina. Smith has been outworked by less talented fighters and on Saturday night Molina looks to take advantage. However, Smith seems to have a different level of confidence now that he holds a title and fights under the banner of Mayweather Promotions.
“First of all, I want to ask everyone to say a prayer for Oscar De La Hoya,” said Smith, a reference to De La Hoya's sudden departure for substance abuse rehab. "Hopefully he beats this and gets healthy soon. We all have our demons but please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Carlos Molina is a good fighter and I look forward to this fight on Saturday night. I have overcome so many obstacles in my personal life to get where I am today that boxing is easy for me. “
Molina knows that winning a decision in Vegas, Smith’s hometown, will be tough but he likes being the underdog. “I have a plan and will execute it,” stated Molina. “I’m ready to go 15 rounds but the plan is to try to stop him. Just because he has never been stopped doesn’t mean that he can’t be. I will win this fight.”