Danny Garcia Media Workout
Photos: Joe Kaczmarek - Golden Boy/Hoganphotos
Undefeated Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny
Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia, and his
father/trainer, Angel Garcia, hosted an open media workout
on Wednesday at the DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Garcia
is winding down preparations for his long-awaited debut to
his native homeland and his world title defense against
Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., on
Saturday, March 15, in the main event on SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT,
delayed on the West Coast).
In the SHOWTIME co-feature from Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, unbeaten knockout artist and American
heavyweight hopeful, Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (30-0,
30 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., faces veteran Malik Scott
(36-1-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia.
Former world champions Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez (33-3, 30
KOs) of Caguas, P.R. and Daniel Ponce de Leon (45-5, 35
KOs), of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico, clash in the
featured match on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Below is what Danny and Angel Garcia said Wednesday:
DANNY GARCIA, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
"It's an exciting feeling going to Puerto Rico. To go back
where my dad was born, my bloodline, it means a lot to me to
reach out to my fans in Puerto Rico. I just want to go out
there and win on March 15.
"The Puerto Rican fans have supported me and it means a lot.
I'm a Puerto Rican just like they are.
"My Spanish is coming along, I understand everything. I've
been working on becoming more confident when speaking.
"It's amazing to be a Puerto Rican fighter, we have a great
history of fighters. I say this all the time, 'I'm Puerto
Rican, raised in Philadelphia so I got the best of both
worlds. I got the Puerto Rican power and the Philly
toughness. It comes a long way.
"I was ready to move up a weight class, but I can still make
140. If I'm back in the ring in the summertime I know I can
make 140 with the heat. I've always been disciplined so it's
no problem for me.
"I said I deserved a home fight, either Philly or Puerto
Rico, since I'm always going to someone else's place to
fight. Everyone thought it was a great idea to go back to
"My parents always talk about Puerto Rico. My dad's whole
family lives in Puerto Rico. My great grandma lives in
Puerto Rico and I got to meet her a couple years ago.
"When I heard who I was going to fight, I already knew a lot
about him, I'm a boxing fan. I knew who he fought, who he
beat, what trunks he was wearing. He's a tough fighter, not
a big puncher, but he tries to outwork you. At the end of
the day it's a different story when you're fighting a guy
"The last couple of years have been a good learning
experience for me and a good journey. My first world title
fight I fought Erik Morales and how much experience do you
think you can get from that? A lot of people thought he
would beat me because of experience. I've faced a lot of
"Even when people didn't think I was the real champion, I
got called out anyway. So now when you get a good win the
first person people think of is me. I guess they thought it
would be easy, but nothing comes easy.
"I'm a self motivated person, that's what got me to the
point I'm at today. I don't take anybody lightly because
this is what I do, this is my job. The day that I stop
taking it seriously is the day I have to stop boxing. I
would never put myself into a position where I go into the
ring not prepared."
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny's Father and Trainer
"I have to let people know that Danny is 100 percent Puerto
Rican. I'm trying to keep the attention on Danny so everyone
knows he is Puerto Rican.
"Herrera has never fought a Puerto Rican in Puerto Rico. So
you will see the difference between the Russian and the
"If one person comes or if a million people come, Danny is
still the champion of the world.
"I want people to understand that Danny is Puerto Rican the
same way I am.
"Puerto Rico does have a champion. Danny Garcia is right
there, he is the champion."