Garcia vs Granados: When comparing the names, resumes and skills of the top welterweight fighters of today with previous eras, it’s not hard to summarize that we are entering historic times for the 147-pound division.
It may be that part of the appeal of former World Jr. welterweight champion and welterweight beltholder Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KO) is the perception of vulnerability. That might not be the same as actual vulnerability. As Garcia has proven many times over the years, he’s a hell of a tough out. Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan can attest to that.
Dotted around nights like those are closer, more debatable contests. Lamont Peterson, Mauricio Herrera, and Ashley Theophane are three men who could make at least a reasonable for having done enough to best Garcia over the years. All came up just short.
Still only 31, Garcia’s sole official defeats came to Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter, two of the top four-five active welterweights in the world. It’s one of the toughest careers to figure in recent vintage.
Former two-division champion Danny Garcia knows that all too well and certainly has his sights set on opportunities against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr., or in big-money rematches against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Garcia also considers himself the division’s top dog from a brand standpoint, at the moment, and has both television and attendance ratings holstered up to share with any who disagree.
So for Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs), whose only losses have come via razor-thin decision in title bouts against Thurman and Porter, to return to the biggest stage just seven months removed from suffering defeat, he knows an impressive showing on Saturday will be dire when he headlines a Premier Boxing Champions card (Fox, 8 p.m. ET) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Garcia, 31, certainly expects a hungry challenge when he faces come-forward welterweight Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) at the outdoor arena, formerly known as StubHub Center, that has routinely produced one all-action fight after another over the past decade.
“You know what I bring to the table, I always bring fireworks, speed, power, entertainment, blood and guts,” Garcia said. “So I prepare myself for a classic fight. I train hard for 10 weeks straight and I’m ready to go in there and show the world who’s one of the best and why this fight’s a fight to watch.