Prediction time!: Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman
Unbeaten welterweight champions Keith “One Time” Thurman, 27-0 (22), and Danny “Swift” Garcia, 33-0 (19) will meet at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, this Saturday, March 4, for their world title unification showdown. This is one of the most anticipated fights in a long time and the predictions are rolling in.
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“My real assessment, the way I feel about that fight is that I can’t see Danny Garcia going too far. I don’t think he has much of a chance. I think Thurman will load up on that right hand a few times and that’ll be all – a wrap.” – Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.
“To be in there with a guy like Keith Thurman, you better be ready because that boy can punch. Danny Garcia is a great fighter; they are all good fighters.” – Trainer Ruben Guerrero
“A good fight, a good fight. I like the fight. Danny is a good fighter; Keith is a good, strong fighter. I’m gonna be a fan at that fight. It’ll be a good fight.” – Former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah
“I’d love to be in a position to fight the winner. Danny has been great for a very long time. Keith and I have already got it on. It’s a great fight. Keith’s corner has had multiple world champions, so they’ll have a game plan. I think they’ll come in with a great game plan. I see Keith winning the fight. I give Keith Thurman the edge.” – Former IBF welterweight titleholder Shawn “Showtime” Porter
“It’s a great fight. Me, I’d probably pick Thurman as he’s the bigger, stronger guy but Danny could pull it off. He has done that before in fights (in which) people thought he would get beat. I pick Thurman but I wouldn’t be surprised if Danny Garcia won.” -Trainer Robert Garcia
“Technically (Garcia) isn’t that good but he keeps winning. They are both undefeated; both have power. Both have a lot on the line. I think it’s going to be a tremendous fight. Mentally (Garcia) is strong. Keith is confident as hell too. He doesn’t believe anyone can beat him. May the best man win.” – Former two-time welterweight titlist Andre Berto
“That’s a good fight. I like Thurman in that fight. Yeah, that’s a very good fight. I’ll watch that fight.” – Trainer Freddie Roach
“That’s a pretty hard one. If Danny lands a hook and catches Thurman, then possibly he might win. If Thurman boxes Danny, I think it’ll be Thurman. I could be wrong. It’s really how it plays out and who can take the punch.” – Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios
“I think Keith Thurman.” – WBO super featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko
“I think it’s a good fight. I think Danny pulls it off. Danny finds a way to win. Close but he finds a way to win. I think it goes the distance. Thurman is a big, strong guy. Danny is a strong guy. Danny takes a good punch; Thurman takes a good punch. I think it goes the distance.” – WBC lightweight titlist Mikey Garcia
“Interesting fight, two undefeated fighters at the top of their game. Thurman might be the most athletic fighter out there. He showed he is mentally tough too. He is a mentally tough guy and as tough as he needs to be. Garcia is a tough guy mentally also. It’s going to be a good fight, a tough fight. Thurman might have the edge in the skill set department, even though he is the bigger guy. Thurman, even though he’s the bigger guy, might also be the better boxer. He doesn’t lose out in other areas, finesse and boxing, even though he’s the bigger guy. Garcia always finds a way to win also. I like Garcia; he and his father do a great job. It’s an interesting fight; it’s a really interesting fight. If I’m forced to make a pick, I’ll go with Thurman.” – Trainer and analyst Teddy Atlas
“It’s a tougher fight to call than you might think. You might want to go with Thurman as the bigger guy but Danny always finds a way to win. Tough call, it’s a good fight.” – Former two-division titleholder and Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi
“Thurman hasn’t really fought anyone big. I just don’t think he’s fought anybody. I think Garcia will win that fight. I don’t think Thurman has fought anybody who is dangerous. He’s good knocking out bums and tin cans but, if he knocks out Garcia, he’ll have my respect.” – Former two-time junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan
“Thurman or Garcia? I hope Thurman whips his ass because Garcia is running too much. Garcia is a good fighter but Thurman, to me, is a more all-around fighter.” – Heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller
“Keith reads very well. He’s going to know you’re going to get off before you do. I think he’s gonna see everything coming. Keith is a very smart fighter. He’s gonna catch Danny’s hooks and give him his (in return).” – Keith Thurman’s trainer Dan Birmingham
“I think its gonna be a very good fight but I think Thurman may be a little too big. I think Danny has adjusted to the weight but we’ll have to see what adjustments he can make in the fight.” – Trainer James “Buddy” McGirt
“That’s going to be a hell of a fight. Just because of the speed and skills of Thurman, I’m going to lean with him but, man, Danny Garcia is a very dangerous opponent. I think Thurman has the skills to beat Danny Garcia. And the last thing is that I think Garcia’s father will have motivated Thurman with the ‘N’ word and all the other shenanigans at the press conference (in January). So I think Thurman will have even more than he showed in the (Shawn) Porter fight, so I think Keith should win the fight.” – Trainer Dewey Cooper
“This fight, March 4, has two undefeated champions. Two of the best welterweights going toe-to-toe. Someone’s ‘0’ has to go. I’m blessed to get this fight because I’ve been asking for it. I’m looking forward to it. We’re working hard down in Florida. You don’t want to miss this fight. We’ll see what kind of camp (Garcia) has. If he works hard, then he’ll be geared up for a tough fight. A fighter’s performance is based off of training camp, not any past fights. He’s a champion and I’m a champion. You will see the results on March 4. I’m eager to unify these titles and this should be an exciting fight” – WBA welterweight titleholder Keith Thurman
“You know I’m already in shape. I’ve been active and in the gym getting ready. I feel great. Come March 4, I’m going to be the unified champion again. This is nothing new to me. I’ve been the underdog in a unification fight. At the end of the day, Angel and I, we’re going to come out with a great game plan and get the victory. I will have my hand raised at the end of the night. I just want to make sure I’m mentally and physically ready. If I’m ready, nobody can stop me. We’re going to do what we always do. Put the hard work in, talk a little trash and back it up.” – WBC welterweight beltholder Danny “Swift” Garcia