Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 18 KOs) will face undoubtedly the hardest challenge of his career against Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) on March 4 in New York.
The fight between the two has been in circulation for months, and now that fight night is so near, the media has begun turning the entirety of its attention to the super fight.
Although he has defeated champions such as Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan and Zab Judah, Danny Garcia has become a joke of a champion to many in the public eye due to his history of gaining decisions he clearly did not deserve or fighting bums to put on an easy show.
Many of Garcia’s detractors believe that, in order to get an honest and fair fight, it cannot go to the final bell, or Garcia will be gifted yet another fight.
In order for Swift to silence the haters from here on, he must accomplish two major tasks against Thurman.
The first task is to defeat Thurman decisively. If the fight is in any way close in the public eye, and Garcia comes out with the victory, the haters will moan louder than ever, complaining the fight was fixed.
If Garcia wins by clear unanimous decision or, better yet, knock out, his haters will have no way to claim he did not deserve the fight.
The second task Garcia needs to complete is he must fight an offensive fight.
In the bout against Robert Guerrero, Garcia spent much of the fight on his back foot, eating, blocking and slipping blows in attempts to counter his opponent.
Garcia cannot do this against Thurman however, as, firstly, it may take away rounds in the judges eyes, but it will also make him appear to be a coward in the ring against a fighter such as Thurman (especially following the way he fought in his bout against Sammy Vargas).
If Danny Garcia can defeat Thurman decisively and in an offensive style of fighting, there will be very little for haters to criticize after the fight and instead they’ll have to eat their words.