As speculated on for weeks, and talked about this morning, the highly anticipated bout between Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse was made official for the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's mega bout with Canelo Alvarez.
The announcement comes after weeks of talk that this bout, a completely legitimate main event in its own right, would be added to the card to try to build a mega event, rather than an event that stands with Mayweather vs. Canelo as the lone (very strong) selling point.
When making the announcement Richard Schaefer said "The single biggest pay-pre-view event of all time by adding the next most anticiapted bout in boxing. Yes, it's done. Yes, Danny Garcia vs. Lucas 'The Machine' Matthysse will be on the card. Yes, 'The One' just got another 'one.'"
Schaefer also stated that Garcia vs. Matthysse is the most expensive fight ever put in the second spot on a pay-per-view and that it will get its own three city press tour.
It was also stated that the gate will be over $19.5 million dollars, "shattering" the record for Floyd Mayweather's bout with Oscar De La Hoya
We'll have much more on the fight as it approaches including information on this bout.
Update: A few tweets from during the call:
Schaefer said he's working on the rest of the Mayweather-Canelo undercard. The rest of the fights will not disappoint, I can assure you that— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 18, 2013
Ellerbe: We welcome it if Garcia-Matthysse steals spotlight. I hope they do steal it. We'll put icing on cake in main event.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 18, 2013
Ellerbe: Our objective is to bring more eyeballs to boxing. Floyd events are spectacular and whole objective is to uplift sport positively— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 18, 2013
I'm excited to show the world why I am the best 140lb fighter in the world! Sept 14 it's on. #TeamDSG— Danny Swift Garcia (@DannySwift) July 18, 2013