Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Garcia-Matthysse tour canceled
By Dan Rafael
Lucas Matthysse's reluctance to break camp was part of the reason a three-city media tour fell apart.
Logistics and bickering between junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia and interim titleholder Lucas Matthysse mean there will not be a media tour for their much-anticipated fight after all.
They meet in a significant showdown Sept. 14 (Showtime PPV) in the co-feature of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and initially, because it is such a significant fight, Golden Boy Promotions was planning a three-city media tour. (Mayweather and Alvarez did a monster 10-city tour that drew tens of thousands of fans across the country and in Mexico.)
A three-city Garcia-Matthysse tour to New York, Puerto Rico (where Garcia's family is from) and Los Angeles had been planned for early August, but fell through because Matthysse was in the middle of his training camp in Argentina and did not want to break camp for the long trip.
Instead, the alternative plan was that Matthysse would come to the United States three weeks ahead of the fight and do three cities in two days -- New York and Garcia's hometown of Philadelphia on Thursday and Los Angeles on Friday, in conjunction with the weigh-in for Saturday night's Abner Mares-Jhonny Gonzalez card. That would allow Garcia and Matthysse to also make appearances on Showtime's telecast on Saturday night, and then Matthysse would stay on the West Coast to finish his camp.
Now the tour is off entirely.
"Matthysse was OK with going to New York and Los Angeles, but he didn't want to go to Philadelphia," Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com. "So I said, 'OK,' but Garcia said, 'If [Matthysse] is not going to go to Philadelphia, I don't want to go to Los Angeles and disrupt my camp with a trip cross country.' So, at the end of the day, I said forget this. I'm very busy, so if these guys don't want to do it, forget it. Maybe we'll do something with Matthysse in L.A.
"I sort of can understand why Danny doesn't want to break camp and fly across the country to do appearances and a press conference and then fly back at this time in his camp. It's a crucial time. I could probably make them do it because it says in the contract they have to do the [public relations] stuff, but I am not going to press it. My sense is that Matthysse will still come [to the United States] early though. So there's no tour, but it’ll be a great fight."