Citing the fact that he's looking for major exposure for his September 14 title defense against Lucas Matthysse, Danny Garcia expressed disappointment and anger after hearing the news that Matthysse would not be participating in a planned three-city press tour to promote the fight, which will serve as the co-feature to the Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez main event on September 14.
The pair were due to hit New York, Los Angeles, and Puerto Rico to promote the fight, which is arguably the actual best fight on what is going to be the biggest show of 2013.
"We could have been the headliner somehwere else, but it's great to be on an event as important as the one on September 14, because it could mean a lot of exposure for my career. I didn't like the fact that Matthysse was giving excuses at the last minute not to do the tour. The plans were to go to New York, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles. We were ready to go when everything went down. I guess it's their way of doing things, but on September 14 they will see how I do things."
Garcia (26-0, 16 KO) will be defending his WBC and WBA junior welterweight belts against Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO). Both fighters are on hot streaks and have been really impressive the last couple of years, and this is a fight that fans really wanted to see. Getting it as a PPV co-feature turned Mayweather-Canelo from "must-buy" to "oh-my-God, must-by." Really, the press tour was probably going to just wind up being a little routine exercise, but it still would have been cool for them to promote this fight that way, because it's so good that it deserves that. Too bad they weren't signed and ready and couldn't just hit a few of the big spots during the Mayweather-Canelo tour.