Danny Garcia's next fight is being viewed by many as a sort of homecoming event for the world's top junior welterweight. After having defeated the likes of Lucas Matthysse, Zab Judah, Erik Morales (twice), and Amir Khan in succession, Garcia can be forgiven for taking an easier challenge and it appears that's what is happening here in the form of Mauricio Herrera.
Enjoying the role of heavy underdog, Herrera knows that it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for his career. He knows that he has nothing to lose and will put it all on the line when he meets Garcia in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on March 15.
Boxing Scene's Edward Chaykovsky was able to speak with Herrera, who had this to say:
"I've waited a long time for a fight like this, and while I know Garcia is the favorite, I won't be underestimated. I love the underdog role and I'm going to shock the world on March 15.
"I know this is a huge opportunity, and I'm going to take full advantage of it. To have a shot at Danny's belts has been a dream of mine for a long time. Danny Garcia is an intelligent and tough fighter, but so am I. I'm coming to Puerto Rico and I know there is a lot of pressure, but hopefully they will support me too."
Herrera is certainly a big underdog and justifiably so. He's a "stay-busy" type of challenger when compared to the others that Garcia has fought. But that could be a positive thing for Herrera if Garcia takes him lightly or is nervous about fighting in Puerto Rico, the residence of his ancestors.
Is there a chance that Garcia won't be in peak condition for the fight? Does Herrera have any kind of a shot or does he have the Vince McMahon "No chance in hell!"?