“Garcia-Peterson is an interesting fight, though not so interesting that it justifies the setup. Nor is there some kind of mandate for this fight simply because Showtime bought the disgraceful audition. Garcia-Peterson pits a fighter who tamed Lucas Matthysse against a fighter ravaged by him. That does not mean that Peterson is doomed: there are reasons to think he can succeed against Garcia in ways Matthysse did not. Still, enthusiasm for this fight is generated in part by lowered expectations—expectations that Haymon is largely, purposefully responsible for. Having teased the public with the possibility of Garcia-Peterson—a good fight, but an excellent one in the context of last year—Haymon may be banking on the recovering public celebrating the matchup and the brand delivering it.”
Read The Kicker: Danny Garcia-Lamont Peterson Preview on The Cruelest Sport.