I’ve said it before: Danny Garcia just can’t get no respect. He’s an undefeated, two-division world champion and current WBC welterweight title holder. In 2012, he defeated a faded Erik Morales to capture his first belt, the WBC 140 pounder. He knocked Morales cold in a rematch, seven months later.
Morales was a faded version of himself by the time he faced Garcia, and fighting well above his best weight. But in between those victories over the Mexican legend, Garcia stopped a prime Amir Khan, to unify the WBA and WBC belts.
Garcia beat Zab Judah in April 2013 and, in October of that year, he turned back Lucas Matthysse, who was then among the sport’s hottest sluggers. At the time, Matthysse was coming off from a three-round destruction of Lamont Peterson, the IBF belt holder.
Garcia ended 2013 as the uncontested No. 1 fighter in the world at 140 pounds. But that exploding reputation took a hit in March 2014, when Garcia was lucky to walk away with his belts via a majority decision over Mauricio Herrera.
His August 2014 non-title fight against Rod Salka was an insult to everybody who pays for a Showtime subscription purely for the sake of boxing.
In 2015, Garcia once again got a victory in a fight that a lot of people thought he deserved to lose, against Peterson, and stopped an over-matched, faded Paulie Malignaggi. Last January, Garcia claimed the vacant WBC belt at 147 pounds by virtue of a one-sided decision over Robert Guerrero.
Garcia’s wins over Malignaggi and Guerrero demonstrate that he’s in the upper level of the division, but at this point, he needs to be chasing fights against other title holders.
WBA champion Keith Thurman beat former IBF champ Shawn Porter in a great fight last weekend. If Garcia truly believes he is an elite talent and is sincere about becoming a ring legend, he should not want to fight anybody else but Thurman right now.