Danny Garcia (L) has his hands wrapped by his father and trainer Angel Garcia at a public workout at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on July 11, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Angel Garcia, the father and trainer of WBC and WBA junior welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia, says his son will be looking for the knockout in his October 20 rematch with Erik Morales, which is set to headline the first boxing card at the brand-new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Garcia defeated Morales by decision in March, but didn't draw rave reviews. His July 14 stoppage of Amir Khan, however, has propelled him to greater fame, and should see him installed as a hefty favorite in October.
Angel also says that, like many boxing fans, he would have preferred a different fight:
"I would have preferred for him to fight against someone else, but Danny is a fighter who represents money at 140 pounds. We are willing to fight anyone at 140 pounds and other names had been mentioned like Zab Judah and Juan Manuel Marquez, but we understand that Morales is a veteran with a name."
It could be a swan song for Morales, the 35-year-old Mexican warrior who missed weight for the March fight, and said a couple of days after the loss that he was pondering retirement. He also said, however, that Garcia was "a normal fighter, not great."
Is anyone thinking that a possibly healthier, more fit Morales might be able to pull off the upset in this one? He was competitive the first go-round, and that came with him notably not in the best condition, and just a couple of months after a gall bladder operation.