When the Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse junior welterweight title fight -- one of the most anticipated matches in boxing -- was added to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez card on Sept. 14 (Showtime PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the plan was to give the fight its own promotional tour. That’s how big of a fight it is.
Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer originally planned to have the three-city tour take place this week with stops in New York, Puerto Rico (where Garcia’s family is from) and Los Angeles.
Obviously, that did not happen. However, Schaefer told ESPN.com that there is an alternate plan.
“Lucas is in the middle of his training camp in Argentina and he’s out in the boonies somewhere training and he didn’t want to break camp to go on a tour. That’s a long trip during the most important part of the camp,” Schaefer said. “So what we agreed to do is that instead of Lucas coming to the United States the week of the fight, he will come here three weeks before the fight, and be accessible to media and so on.”
Schaefer said the new tour will cover three cities in two days with stops in New York and Garcia’s hometown of Philadelphia on Aug. 22, and a stop Aug. 23 in Los Angeles.
Schaefer said the Aug. 23 event will take place in conjunction with the public weigh-in for the Showtime card Golden Boy is putting on Aug. 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., headlined by featherweight titlist Abner Mares defending his belt against former titlist Jhonny Gonzalez.
“So we will have the tour stop for Garcia-Matthysse and then when we’re done with that we’ll do the weigh-in for the fights,” Schaefer said. “That will give the media and fans a great afternoon. I think this plan for Garcia and Matthysse is a reasonable compromise because I can understand Matthysse not wanting to break camp to come here. But now he will be here three weeks before the fight.”
That, of course, is a lot better than what happened before Matthysse’s May 18 destruction of Lamont Peterson, when his passport was defaced by intruders in his home a few days before he was supposed to fly to the United States. Because he had to have the badly damaged passport replaced on short notice, he was unable to get to Atlantic City, N.J., for the fight until three days prior. His late arrival turned out to have no impact on the fight, it turned out, because he blitzed Peterson in three rounds.