Danny Garcia's next fight is set, and it's frankly not what most people would have expected. Garcia will face fringe contender Mauricio Herrera on March 15 in Puerto Rico, in what amounts to a stay-busy defense that fulfills a personal wish of Garcia's.
"Danny has talked to me for the last year and a half, saying, 'We have to look at doing one of my fights in Puerto Rico.' This is something he really wanted so, finally, I felt that this was a great opportunity for Danny to go to Puerto Rico and defend his title," Schaefer told ESPN.com. "I am sure Puerto Rico will welcome him with open arms. He wants to represent the U.S. and Puerto Rico, given the heritage that he has. I am very happy to be able to fulfill his dream to bring him to the island and have him fight there."
Garcia (27-0, 16 KO) is coming off of another statement-making win last September, when he probably silenced critics for good by beating Lucas Matthysse on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard.
Herrera (20-3, 7 KO) is a decent fighter but no top contender. That said, Garcia headlining as a totally unproven draw in Puerto Rico (though a Daniel Ponce De Leon vs Juan Manuel Lopez co-feature could help), plus the fight being in Puerto Rico, means that a marquee opponent might have been hard to secure. Plus, who is there? He's basically cleaned out the division.
Personally, I don't have any issue with this fight. Herrera always brings it, and though he should lose this fight, there have been bigger upsets. This one is an opportunity for Garcia to fight in Puerto Rico, where his parents are from, something he wants to do. He's facing a guy who can fight. That's about all there is to it.