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Friday, March 14, 2014

Sacrificial lamb: Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera preview and prediction

Sacrificial lamb: Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera preview and prediction

On Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the 25 year old Danny Garcia will defend his WBO and WBC light welterweight title against Mauricio Herrera. The fight will be Showtime's triple header main event.

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Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera - 12 Rounds,  Junior welterweights

Let me put it like this: plain and simple Herrera (20-3, 7 KO's) is the sacrificial lamb for Danny Garcia. Herrera is there for Garcia to butcher -- that is at least the plan.

This is Garcia's "stay-busy" fight and unlocking the Puerto Rican market. This fight's outcome is anticipated -- Garcia has to win.

Although the outcome of this fight is already anticipated, but let me remind you fight fans that boxing -- is boxing -- you'll never know what will happen in a blink of an eye.

Game changing blows is just a matter of landing at the right spot at the right time. This fight could not be boxing fans "must-see" fight but wait... Herrera might be the perfect spoiler.

Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KO's) is one of the fast rising star in the business.

At this point in his career, there were already talks that Garcia could be a one of potential opponent of Floyd Mayweather Jr. along with another Garcia. Mikey Garcia. But Danny is more feasible at the time being because he's only a division below Mayweather. Unlike Mikey whose last fight is still at super featherweight. And it's likely that this is Danny Garcia's last fight at 140 division. He will invade the welterweight division, home of boxing's elite cash-cows.

Mayweather has four remaining fights under his Showtime 6-fight mega deal contract. Mayweather's third fight is engaged already against Marcos Maidana on May 3. So the remaining three fights would be Garcia's chance.

With the above said, I'm not taking anything away from Herrera as boxer and as a fighter. But my prediction is that Garcia will knockout Herrera in the sixth round.

Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Juan Manuel Lopez, 10 Rounds Featherweights rematchSacrificial lamb: Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera preview and prediction

Looks like Daniel Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KO's) would like to even the score against Juan Manuel Lopez in this fight. In the first bout Lopez (33-3, 30 KO's) knockout De Leon in the very first round.

Both men were highly regarded knockout artist in 2008 who has a combine knockout ratio of 80%.

I think on the first fight De Leon was just caught up early on and doesn't recovered. He was not able to check Lopez's untested chin yet at that time that Salido did exposed.

So I think the rematch could be a different story. I think De Leon learned his lesson in the first match. And he will try to be cautious early on. He will then focus on Lopez vulnerable chin. I think he'll get his revenge in the seventh round.

Deontay Wilder vs Malik Scott, 10 Rounds, Heavyweights

This will be Deontay Wilder's (30-0, 30 KO's) true test so far in his career. Will Malik Scott stains Wilder's perfect record?Is Wilder the heavyweight that the Americans waiting for? I'll guess yes, at least against Malik Scott. Wilder KO 5 Malik Scott.

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