Max Warren explains why Garcia and Broner might fight this year
Before Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) decided to move up two weight divisions to challenge Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA welterweight world title in June 2013, it seemed like the logical progression in his career was to eventually face Danny Garcia (33-2, 20 KOs) at 140.
While soon afterward, Broner suffered his first loss against Maidana that year, Garcia unified titles at junior welterweight and remained undefeated until losing to Thurman in 2017.
With Broner’s most recent decision loss to future Hall-of-Fame legend Manny Pacquiao, boxing fans are sick of Broner repeatedly receiving notable opportunities and folding each time. Given what happened against Pacquiao, his stock has decreased dramatically and fans are not chomping at the bit to see him get in the ring anytime soon.
He refused to accept his defeat post-fight and proceeded to embarrass himself by claiming robbery.Broner and Garcia are both former welterweight titlists, and are considered small for the division.
Their power is less significant at welterweight than in their former weight classes, as the single power shots they used to have success with are not having the same affect against bigger fighters at 147.
The two suffered defeats in their most significant fights at welterweight. Broner’s losses to Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, and Pacquiao decreased any hope of him being considered a legitimate contender at that weight. In Garcia’s case, his bout versus Thurman was thought to be a match-up to ultimately prove who the best fighter in the division was at the time.
It was competitive, but Thurman was awarded the decision victory that he definitely deserved. Same thing goes for Garcia’s performance against Shawn Porter. It was competitive throughout and one could make a case for Garcia as the winner, but most boxing experts would say that Porter’s intensity and output was worthy of the nod.
Adrien Broner vs. Danny Garcia is the most notable and marketable match-up Broner can get that some fans will still watch and not entirely scoff at. Garcia faces a former Broner opponent in Adrian Granados on April 20, and it will be interesting to compare how Broner and Garcia fare against the same fighter.
Also, Garcia fighting Broner will be acceptable to many boxing fans, since it would be a step up in competition following Granados, who Broner defeated by split decision in 2017.
It seems that at this stage in Broner’s career, he is at the gatekeeper level, and that is the role he could end up playing for Garcia. A win could allow for Garcia to receive another welterweight title opportunity. Each time Garcia loses to a top echelon welterweight, his credibility as one of the division’s best diminishes, while a win against Broner keeps him afloat amongst some of the better fighters at the weight.
Despite Broner’s disappointing performances against elite competition, the public still pays attention to him. His post-fight antics following the defeat to Pacquiao got arguably as much coverage as the fight itself. Whether or not you think all publicity is good publicity, Broner certainly got a lot of it before and after his last outing. His character alone sells, and if fighters were measured by their post-fight interviews, “The Problem” would be pound-for-pound the best in the world.
Due to the popularity of Garcia and Broner, the fight will generate enough pre-fight buzz to entice a decent chunk of fans to tune in for better or worse. Neither fighter possesses a high-level punch output, and the match-up would not make for a barnburner.
Nevertheless, the fight makes sense given where both fighters stand in their respective careers at the moment. Look for Danny Garcia vs. Adrien Broner later this year.