The way that Danny Garcia sees it, he’ll be the A-side in his future fights once he beats WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman on March 4. Garcia complains that he had to compromise to make the fight with the unbeaten 28-year-old Thurman happen, and he didn’t like doing that. But, once he beats Thurman, Garcia says he’ll be the A-side for his future fights at 147. He’ll hold two of the four world titles in the division.
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Garcia vs. Thurman will be televised on CBS on March 4 as part of a Showtime Championship Boxing card. The fight takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It’s free for the boxing fans to see the fight, which is good, because a lot of fans don’t subscribe to Showtime, which is one of the premium channels in the U.S.
“You know, after this fight, everything is on my terms,” Garcia said on Wednesday to the boxing media. “I’ll never have to compromise again. So it’s the new king. The new champ. Everything is in my favor. I’m the A side. For this fight, we had to compromise, like who’s name would be (first in the promotion) and who’s walking out first. So I said, ‘I’ll give him the promotion but I’m not walking out first. You can be the champion but I’ll the A side the night of the fight.’ It is what it is. It’s not nothing for me.”
Apart from Manny Pacquiao, there really aren’t any big names left in the welterweight division now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has retired. Garcia can probably get his way in the negotiations with the other top fighters in the division if he beats Thurman. It’ll be interesting to see if Garcia takes chances against the other top fighters or not though. He played it safe for the most part for the last three years after his big win over Lucas Matthysse in 2013.