By Karl Freitag
Photo: Alma Montiel
The final press conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view semi-final world 140lb world championship showdown between Danny “Swift” Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) and Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) took place today in the MGM Grand’s Studios A & B.
Lucas Matthysse spoke first, staying at the dais for 51 seconds (including Robert Diaz’ translations). He thanked everyone imaginable, then stated “I’m very well prepared and just want to let you know I’m ready.”
Danny Garcia spoke for 49 seconds. “I had a great camp, trained very hard, I’m really prepared for this fight. I did everything I had to do. I left everything in the gym and come Saturday night I’m gonna have another epic performance. It’s already my fifth championship fight. I’m already starting to feel like a young veteran. I’m only 25 years old, but I’m a lot smarter in the brain now, had a lot of tough fights, been counted out a lot of times but always find a way to win.”
As usual Danny’s father/trainer Angel Garcia provided the most interesting moments in an 8:50 long rant.
“People still underestimate the champ of the world,” stated Angel. “Saturday night everybody wants to be ‘Argentino Valentino.’ Everyone’s gonna bring Argentina flags out. They forget where they live at. USA. Danny’s an American fighter. We represent USA. Latino background, Puerto Rican, born in America. But people still don’t give the Americans no props. The same country that sends a welfare check to you. When the USA government sends you a check you sign it don’t you? Then you want to be an ‘Americanito.’ But at the same time, when these guys come from overseas, with 32 nothing. He’s fought 32 guys he was supposed to knock out. Danny fought 26 guys he was supposed to lose to.”
“…Saturday night is going to be the same thing like 26 other times. Undefeated. If he thinks he’s gonna come here in America and get a title and just take it home to Argentina where it doesn’t belong at, it belongs in the USA, If he thinks he coming here and hitting Danny with a two ??, he’s in for a long night.
“…VEGAS DON’T KNOW NOTHING. YOU DON’T KNOW NOTHING. I KNOW EVERYTHING! I KNOW EVERYTHING!!! HIS CORNER DON’T KNOW SHIT. HE, THE FIGHTER DON’T KNOW SHIT. THE MANAGER DON’T KNOW SHIT. I KNOW EVERYTHING!!! I KNOW EVERYTHING WITH GOD!
“…On Saturday night, I swear to you I will not be backwashing my words. Because if I am, I’ll cut my head off!
“…Americans can’t fight, Americans can’t fight, YES THEY CAN! Opponents can’t fight!”
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Short, tense staredown afterward.
When asked about Angel Morales’ tirade following the press conference, Matthysse stated “I don’t understand what he’s saying. The gestures he makes, his face, all his antics make me laugh, but I don’t understand a word he’s saying.”