Garcia won his first world title (WBC) when he defeated Morales by unanimous decision last March that was, according to media reports, a bout that didn't exactly draw rave reviews. But Garcia's fourth round stoppage of Amir Khan on July 14th did, however, boost Garcia's notoriety and help make him an overwhelming favorite in this fight.
In their first fight last March, Morales said gall bladder surgery, which postponed the fight from its original January date, was to blame for his poor conditioning. Morales looked out of shape for that fight, missing weight and looking pudgy, even for the light welterweight version of Erik Morales.
The Mexican star said if he can't beat Garcia Saturday night he'll leave the sport. "If I lose I will say goodbye to boxing. I'm in the home stretch of my career and I have the challenge of recovering my belt. It's an attractive confrontation and one that motivates me to prepare well."
Over his 19 year hall of fame career Erik Morales has given fight fans a lot to love about him. Morales has been part of some of the best rivalries with Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao and he's held titles at 122, 126, 130 and 140 pounds and fought in two RING Magazine Fights of the Year - 2000 and 2004.
Angel Garcia, who is the father and trainer of Danny Garcia said his son will be looking for the knockout Saturday night.
Angel also stated he would have preferred a different fight: "I would have preferred for him to fight against someone else, but Danny is a fighter who represents money at 140 pounds. We are willing to fight anyone at 140 pounds and other names had been mentioned like Zab Judah and Juan Manuel Marquez, but we understand Morales is a veteran with a name."
This is probably going to be the last fight in the hall of fame career of 36 year old Erik Morales. A couple days after his loss to Garcia in March Morales said he was "pondering retirement." He also said that Garcia was a "normal fighter, not a great fighter."
Morales stands a fine chance of retiring on a good note.