Fresh off his tight victory over Zab Judah this past weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, WBA/WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia is now contemplating a move up to 147 in the near future. Boxing Scene is reporting that Garcia has said he would like to have one more fight at junior welterweight, possibly in the late-summer, before moving up to welterweight.
Here is what Garcia said, via Boxing Scene:
"I am getting bigger, I've been at 140 for a long time and I don't want to get to the point where I'm training just to lose weight and it's affecting my performances. So I probably have one more at 140....in the summer time it's going to be hot and I probably have to go up to 147," Garcia said.
Yes, it does tend to be hot in the summer. Anyways, the natural speculation here is the question about who his final fight at 140 would be against. Everybody and their mother wants to see Garcia tangle with the winner of next month's matchup between Lucas Matthysse and Lamont Peterson. Garcia has yet to seem very inclined to get in the ring with Matthysse in the past, though it could also be that Golden Boy doesn't want the fight because Garcia likely has a bigger drawing potential than the Argentinian slugger does. A loss to Matthysse would certainly damage that. After his win over Judah, Garcia was even asked who he thought would win between Matthysse and Peterson. Predictably, he picked Peterson.
Will Matthysse be Garcia's last opponent at 140? Who knows, but probably not. There have been some rumors about Garcia being a future opponent for Floyd Mayweather. Of course, nearly everyone seems to rumored to be his opponent at some point in his career so that may be nothing. However, if it is a possibility (Garcia is with Golden Boy, after all) then I wouldn't expect Garcia to risk that status against anyone with a chance of knocking him off.