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Garcia vs. Collazo: A Beauty at Barclays
(Photo © German Villasenor, MaxBoxing)

Article written by Bill Tibbs, MaxBoxing

With Luis Collazo’s perhaps not-so-surprising knockout of “Vicious” Victor Ortiz last Thursday night, January 30th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, he suddenly (again) became a player in the red-hot welterweight division. Naturally, the fighter he called out after the win was current pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.

Why? Each time Floyd steps into the ring, there is a lot of money to be made and his opponent, whoever that is, usually cashes the biggest cheque of his career. Collazo cannot only throw a right hook; he can also counter. And he is looking to cash in on a career-best win after years of hovering in and around the winner’s circle. But if Floyd’s day planner were full, I’d say Collazo should look no further than a few miles down the New Jersey turnpike on I-95, head for the “City of Brotherly Love” and hook up with undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia, a fighter looking for a big debut a few pounds north of junior welter for a fight that could fill Barclays three times over.
With Collazo looking to show the boxing world he has been a main stage player all along, he naturally wants an opponent who is going to maximize his drawing potential and exposure. While consensus 140-pound champion Garcia would not have the name factor with mainstream fight fans the way Mayweather’s does, on the East Coast, a Garcia-Collazo fight would be about as big as it gets.
The undefeated Garcia is beating everyone put in front of him and winning over fans and critics alike. Collazo has now confirmed he is the real deal with his signature win on Showtime. Some will argue it was a shot and stale Ortiz who got dropped and stopped but the reality is boxing is a “What have you done for me lately?” business. And lately, with a big knockout win in front of a big live and TV audience, business has been good for Luis. Interestingly, both fighters are hoping for possible dates with Las Vegas-based Mayweather as the welter and junior middleweight king looks for name opponents for the remaining fights on his Showtime contract.
Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao chatter seems to have cooled yet again and if Floyd doesn’t give Amir Khan a shot at his title, Garcia and now, Collazo could certainly be contenders for a date at the MGM in Vegas with “Money.” Garcia, whose parents are both from Puerto Rico, has a date upcoming in March to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) “super” world light welterweight and World Boxing Council (WBC) light welterweight titles against Mexico’s Mauricio Herrera in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. If he succeeds, he, like Collazo, will be looking for a big-ticket fight later in the year.
While Luis Collazo is currently enjoying the win over former world champion Ortiz, he will be looking to get under the ring lights again this year at some point. While both he and “Swift” would love a shot at Floyd Mayweather, if neither of those fights can be made, Luis would love a shot at Garcia’s world title straps. There is a New York-Philly super fight just waiting to be made to thrill a guaranteed standing-room-only Barclays Center. Garcia vs. Collazo…a Beauty at Barclays!
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