Danny Garcia vs Adrian Granados fight prediction, date, card, expert picks, odds, start time, TV channel. Danny Garcia knows that all too well and certainly has his sights set on opportunities against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr., or in big-money rematches against Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Garcia also considers himself the division’s top dog from a brand standpoint, at the moment, and has both television and attendance ratings holstered up to share with any who disagree.
So for Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs), whose only losses have come via razor-thin decision in title bouts against Thurman and Porter, to return to the biggest stage just seven months removed from suffering defeat, he knows an impressive showing on Saturday will be dire when he headlines a Premier Boxing Champions card (Fox, 8 p.m. ET) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Garcia, 31, certainly expects a hungry challenge when he faces come-forward welterweight Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) at the outdoor arena, formerly known as StubHub Center, that has routinely produced one all-action fight after another over the past decade.
What that presents in an interesting quandary for viewers. Coming over free airwaves on Fox, Garcia-Granados will air opposite ESPN’s first foray into pay-per-view as Terence Crawford defends the WBO welterweight belt against Khan.
The fuel behind Granados’ hard-luck hunger is how often the 29-year-old Chicago native has come up on the wrong side of the decision in close fights. Through six defeats and two draws in 28 pro bouts, one could argue Granados has only been convincingly defeated once, with many of said fights having created disputed (if not controversial) reactions.
Although Garcia respects Granados’ heart, he has been very vocal about the difference in class between him and his opponent entering Saturday. He has also enlisted the help of a new nutritionist to avoid any form of a late fade considering he knows Granados will be aggressively stalking for as long as the fight lasts.
With an elite chin, top-shelf power in his left hook and a sometimes underrated fight IQ as a traditional boxer, there aren’t many avenues to defeat Garcia unless you can best him in each of those respected categories. That’s why Garcia’s only defeats have come against the very elite in the sport.
If there is a blueprint, however, on how one might stay close to Garcia, his one weakness has been a lack of elite foot speed, which fighters from Thurman and Porter to Lamont Peterson and Mauricio Herrera in close defeats have done a great job exploiting.
Granados is an aggressive fighter with a bit more craft than a typical journeyman brawler. The problem is that he’s a bit of a tweener and lacks both elite speed to be more of a slick boxer or fight-altering power to be a threat to knock Garcia out.
One thing Garcia should expect is high-paced fight for as long as the fight goes and Granados, who has never been stopped, has built a reputation upon being durable. But he’s a bit undersized at 147 pounds and has never fought a puncher the caliber of Garcia, whose left hook has become one of the closest things in boxing to being called a finishing move.
If Garcia can time his counter shots to discipline Granados and give him pause on so recklessly coming forward, the tenor of the fight can quickly change in his favor. Defense has never been a huge calling card for Granados and he will likely find himself outgunned should this turn into a toe-to-toe battle.
Given Granados’ hunger, however, and the fact that this has all the makings to be a defining fight in his career should he pull the upset, one can expect the best version of him we have ever seen. That could be enough to get him to the finish line provided he doesn’t get to careless but it likely isn’t enough to lift him to anything more.