Danny “Swift” Garcia is at a level he was always destined to be – fighting in big fights on a national stage, with a big opportunity to become a power player in the boxing game.
This weekend, the undefeated Philadelphia born fighter takes on Robert Guerrero, live on FOX for the vacant WBC welterweight title. With a victory, Garcia’s desire to become the next great Puerto Rican fighter will become a reality.
“This is a dream come true, I always had a vision as a little kid of being a multi-division champion and going in there to get the job done,” Garcia said to Blitz Weekly at a fight week press conference. “You got to be born for this [stage] – it comes with a lot of pressure, a lot of media, a lot of attention so it’s something you got to be built for. I was built for it.”
Garcia has been on the road to greatness since shocking the boxing world by knocking out Amir Khan to become a junior welterweight champion along with shining in wins over Erik Morales, Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse by late 2013. After putting on an underwhelming performance against Mauricio Herrera and catch weight victories over Rod Salka and Lamont Peterson, Garcia’s star began to dim a little bit.
Being a boxing purist, Garcia knows all he has to is beat Guerrero this week in Los Angeles and all will be forgotten – especially if he looks the way he did in August, in his TKO victory over former welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi in his welterweight debut fight.
“I just got to go in there and be Danny Garcia. I got to go in there and fight smart and use my speed, my athleticism and my power,” Garcia said. “I’ve been at this level for five years already having big fights so this is where I belong and I feel great. This is just a new chapter in my life to fight at 147 when I fight for the title, and I can’t wait to be back at where I belong.”
After a mostly peaceful promotion, the temperature on the stage between Garcia’s camp and Guerrero’s camp was definitely a lot hotter at the final press conference before Saturday night’s fight. In addition to both trainer/father’s almost coming to blows on a couple of occasions, the other highlight of the conference was some intense words between Garcia and Guerrero while having a photo opportunity with the WBC belt despite the two fighters being cordial up into that point.
If the fight in the ring matches the intensity displayed on the stage, the FOX national audience will be in store for a great fight and quite possibly the best version of Garcia we have seen.
“They woke us up – that’s the last thing you want to do to a Danny Garcia camp is wake us up because you don’t want us to bring that extra fire,” Garcia said. “He’s never faced anyone like me, a great two fisted puncher who can counter and who will walk you down and finish you.”