Not trying to sound bitter because Im by no means a Danny Garcia fan AND I wasn't upset with the decision. The rounds could have gone either way. I actually had it a draw. That being said, while I'd like to see a rematch, this fight was disturbing to me. Most of those reasons have to do with Keith Thurman and not Danny Garcia. My thoughts from last night:
A. Even though I began to see the contrary a few fights ago, I too thought Keith was "special." I thought he had gifts that other fighters, in a very stacked division might I add, simply didn't have. Now, Im not so sure. He has fast hands, but last night showed they aren't nearly the fastest. Danny beat him to the punch and to counters early and often. He hits hard, but his power has proved, in his big fights against top competition, to be overrated. He'll stun you, but against the top tier guys, he doesn't put them out or even drop them. Instead of looking like a monstrous superstar in the making that he began his career as, Keith is looking more like a talented 154 fighter who just happens to be able to make 147. That's ok too, but instead of becoming the clear top dog in the division, to me, it just became more wide open.
B. I'm more and more annoyed with how scoring rounds are perceived. IT IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT WHO WAS BUSIER. You have to actually land. In a many of those early rounds, Thurman was throwing some flashy heat, and it was being blocked. If it weren't for Thurman turning on the gas at the end of rounds, I would have scored most of the close ones for Danny. DEFENSE NEEDS TO BE SCORED. It's part of the official criteria of scoring rounds. It's not just there for fighters to protect themselves. MAKING PEOPLE MISS NEEDS TO BE FACTORED INTO YOUR SCORECARD.
C. Keith, for all the talk and physical gifts, was supposed to hunt and kill Danny. Danny is the natural 140 lber moving up. You're the guy with heat in both fist and the speed to get it there in a hurry. And the last 3-4 rounds you resort to back peddling? Look. I'm ALL FOR boxing, sticking and moving. Shit, I'm a Floyd fan. But what Keith did in those last 2 rounds was straight up running.
D. I would love to see a rematch but I hate watching fights where I can't determine who was the better man or even who had the better "stuff" that night. I walked away knowing less about Thurman than I ever have. Garcia at least proved to me he can bang with 147 lbers. Im normally unimpressed with him, but I have to say, his skills are underrated. He's not just a blind hooker (that sounds weird). He can actually box and his defense is improved. I look forward to seeing who he fights
E. If not a rematch, I hope both guys don't sully the progress Al Haymon has made in getting quality matches. Warm ups are for leftovers and layup lines Danny. Stay in the gym, don't have layoffs, and fight quality opponents. Period. As for Keith, nobody is going to "thuck you thun" any longer. I don't wanna see you fighting some random mfer in your next fight.
Danny could not get a solid round. At times Danny wouldn't even throw. Fuck cutting off the ring and setting traps. I am not upset at the outcome. People wanted both fighters to do X,Y,Z but sometimes it doesn't happen. I wasn't please that in the championship rounds Keith did a Lara, however if he felt he could give those rounds up, who am I? Danny took some shots but I didn't see where he dominated the fight. Keith for most of the fight imposed his will. Angel never made one fuckin adjustment. It was wrong fot Keith's trainer to tell him in round 9 that he was going home with 2 belts. I think that is what made Keith lax. Either way I ain't mad at the outcome. Danny does belong at 147.
I understand Boxing way more than MMA but my issue is this; if I watch an MMA fight, especially one that is popular, and it's close, there isn't a clear victor, no one got their ass whooped, I would say, "this guy won the fight", and I go to any MMA community or forum and 9 times out of 10, this is the majority agreement among fans, regardless what the judges/officiating says. Now these same fights in Boxing, popular, close fights, no clear victor, no one got their block knocked off, it always comes down to this bullshit. I would say this guy won the fight, and I go to the Boxing community or forums anywhere, and the fans and viewers are just split up and down. The way the majority of people score fights in Boxing makes NO sense. You score the fight based off who is the more dominant, who is more in control based of the scoring criteria, you use each criteria to simultaneously determine this. MMA works the exact same way, except you have to account for more like grappling and ground fighting/positions. The way people score Boxing always comes down to fanboyism, nitpicking, and trying to fit some type of agenda/narrative, and it's annoying af. We have the more gentleman's sport, so why in what world can't fans and officiating ever see eye to eye when it comes to scoring fights?
I mean, I watch these fights, Pacquiao-Bradley I, Canelo-Trout, Canelo-Lara, Kovalev-Ward, Garcia-Thurman, and so on, and I see a victor, some can be too close to tell so a draw would be fair, but yet, people are always saying, "This guy clearly won the fight, it wasn't even close". I pick the guy that won, and everyone is telling me I'm wrong. But YET, this exact same thing happens in MMA, and the guy I usually pick is the majority agreement among viewers. WHY? I don't understand MMA nearly as well as I do Boxing, so are Boxing fans going to sit here and tell me I don't know shit about Boxing? I mean...this has got to stop. People need to take a scoring class, a deprejudice class, and learn how to score fights, this is disgusting to me, it's clear as day most people in Boxing have no idea how to score a fight. I'm not trying to sound pretentious, but it clearly makes no sense.
As far as the future for both these fighters. Danny deserves a rematch, even though most-likely he's not going to get one. Thurman should give him a rematch, he's not ready for Brook or Spence. Brook is basically a better version of Danny, and Errol Spence is the future of the Welterweight division, more than likely.