Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What's The Deal With Danny Garcia?

Sorry, but I have to ask this:

What the hell is the deal with Danny Garcia?

In case you haven't heard, the onetime fan favorite is once again being set to face less than stellar competition. Had Garcia been scheduled to face Robert Guerrero, say, last year, there may not have been much room for criticism. Now that Guerrero has spent a full year looking less than stellar, however, it may be time to let the eye rolling commence (yet again).

Aside from Lamont Peterson - who, by the way, I felt handily won their fight - Garcia hasn't faced an opponent fans have found menacing since 2013 when he bested Lucas Matthysse - who, it seems, may have been a bit overhyped to begin with, And even still, Garcia hasn't proven himself to be all that impressive. Sure, he battered a washed up Paulie Malignaggi and an unknown Rod Salka, but a game Mauricio Herrera pretty much beat the guy fair and square (sadly, the judges - surprise, surprise - disagreed).

Look, Garcia's a good fighter; just how good we sadly don't know, but he's a good fighter. Thing is, we may all have to accept the fact that the guy's not into challenging himself and that's all there is to it. We're in an era where fighters don't really have to prove themselves and Garcia appears to fit into that era quite snugly, thank you very much.

That doesn't mean we have to like it, though. If you want your name in spotlights, then you'd better be willing to take the heat, and Garcia deserves all the heat he's going to take for this fight (except, of course, for the psychotic and cruel stuff you see online). Don't get me wrong, Garcia comes across like an all around nice guy. He's respectful, goes out of his way to work with those in need and avoids the nastiness that lots of people seem to love in this era of Ronda Rousey.

All of which makes me even more put off when the guy doesn't challenge himself. Garcia is a guy we all should be pulling for. Unfortunately, he's making it so that we can't.  

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