"This particular fight is the one that he's wanted for quite some time. He feels very confident that he can beat Danny. I don't know what it is that he sees, but he's been asking to fight him for quite some time, so Danny's gonna have to be on his A game to beat Granados," stated Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who talked about this Saturday's showdown between former world champion Danny Garcia and welterweight contender Adrian Granados. Check it out!
BT: Leonard, talk to me about this weekend's fight between Danny Garcia and Adrian Granados. Some people would say this is just a tune-up for Danny. Does Granados really have a chance to pull off the upset?
LE: Granados has experience in big fights and that gives him a great chance to pull off the upset. This particular fight is the one that he's wanted for quite some time. He feels very confident that he can beat Danny. I don't know what it is that he sees, but he's been asking to fight him for quite some time, so Danny's gonna have to be on his A game to beat Granados.
BT: Valid point. Granados does have experience against big names. Not only has he been in with Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter, but he also gave both of them a very, very tough fight. Is Granados a fighter that's being underrated by fans and media or are the fighters themselves taking him lightly?
LE: Granados, I kind of consider him an old school fighter. He has a tremendous work ethic, a great heart, a good skill set, and he uses everything to his advantage. The tough setbacks that he's had, I know he gained invaluable experience from that, which, again, puts him in a great position to be able to pull off the upset on April 20th. I've never seen him this confident before. When he originally considered moving up to welterweight, Danny was the first guy that he wanted to fight. He wanted this fight before he wanted any of those other fights. I personally don't see what makes him think Danny is that beatable, but he must see something that others don't see because his confidence is at an all-time high. He's expecting to beat Danny Garcia.
BT: To be fair, Danny has been in some fights where I thought he underperformed against opponents that he shouldn't have. Even though he still got the wins, I thought he should have looked better against Herrera, Peterson, and even Brandon Rios. Do you think Granados is looking at that, as well as his own performance against Porter, as extra motivation and confidence in what he can do against Danny?
LE: That's why Danny has to be on his A game. When you're up against guys who have nothing to lose, if you aren't 100% dialed in, anything can happen. Danny's a tremendous fighter with a great deal of experience, so I expect him to be on his A game, but he could be looking ahead towards a bigger fight, like a rematch with Keith [Thurman] or Shawn [Porter], Errol [Spence], or even Manny [Pacquiao]. What I do know is that Adrian Granados is very confident. In a conversation I had with him, he made it clear that not only is he confident that he's going to beat Danny, but he's looking forward to fighting Keith Thurman too. Granados is looking for all the smoke. He said to me after seeing Keith Thurman's last performance, he's very confident that he would've got that done; he would've finished and beat Keith.
BT: Damn! Okay Adrian!
LE: That's how confident he is. Not only does Granados think he can beat Danny Garcia, he feels the same way about Keith Thurman. But all Danny knows how to do is win. I think that Danny will be prepared for whatever because he's experienced that before, but he's got to be focused and on his A game against a hungry fighter like Adrian. That's why I know we're going to have a great fight come Saturday.
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