The undisputed 140-pound champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia (27-0 16 KO) will be defending his title this weekend in Bayamon, Puerto Rico against Mexican Mauricio Herrera. This will be Garcia’s first fight in Puerto Rico, where he will look to not only continue his undefeated run, but also expand his international brand.
Garcia was born and raised in Philadelphia and is the son of Puerto Rican parents. He has said on multiple occasions that he identifies strongly with the island nation. He has been in some great fights over the past few years, including a KO victory of Amir Khan, a brawl against Lucas Matthysse and another against Zab Judah.
He has not taken the easy road, always going in against top notch competition and still undefeated. This Saturday against Herrera, Golden Boy Promotions and the Garcia team focusing more on a business move than a title defense.
They are looking to build their presence in boxing-rich Puerto Rico. Coincidentally, for the first time in many years, Puerto Rico does not have a resident reigning world champion. Pitting Garcia against Herrera could pay dividends for him in the future. Herrera is a hand-picked opponent that is very beatable and could be taken out by the champ in impressive fashion.
Knockouts make fans, and if Garcia can manage to take care of Herrera with a bang, it will help grow his fan base tremendously. That is the plan for the Golden Boy team: leave a lasting impression on the Puerto Rican fans, and leave with a victory. With the victory and the undefeated record still intact, do not be surprised to start hearing Garcia’s name in the fall Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes.