Despite having no official fight lined up, Danny Garcia found himself in a sea of reporters recently during a recent media visit to Los Angeles.
Garcia last saw action in the ring during a competitive fight vs. Shawn Porter on September 8th, as he lost a unanimous decision inside of the Barclays Center. Garcia may not be fighting this year, but he has his eyes on the fights that are lined up for early 2019.
The latest rumor is that we will be seeing a big showdown between Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and four-division champ Adrien Broner in January. Garcia like’s the fights and broke it down.
“Yeah that’s a good fight,” Garcia said to reporters. “I think it’s an even fight. Manny Pacquiao is older now. We haven’t seen him knock out someone in a long time before he knocked out Matthysse. They are two naturally smaller guys coming up so that makes it even.”
Garcia doesn’t see a lot of power with Broner, but he does understand he is ten years younger than Pacquiao.
“Broner is not the biggest hitter, he’s not really busy,” Garcia said.” But he’s younger and can probably beat him to the punch, pick him apart and upset Manny Pacquiao’s timing. I think this is going to come down to if Broner can keep up with Manny Pacquiao’s output because a lot of people think Manny Pacquiao is going to outwork him and win the fight.”
A few days later, when speaking to Boxing Scene, Garcia spoke about the actual matches that he would love for himself next year. Starting off, Garcia looked at Keith Thurman and Porter, the only two men to so far have beaten him in the ring. Thurman edged Garcia over 12 rounds in March of 2017 and Garcia hasn’t let it be forgotten in his head.
“I feel like I wanna redeem myself with those,” said Garcia. “I feel like it’s something I need to do before my career is over.
But, Garcia also has interest in the winner of Pacquiao vs. Broner.
“But the winner out of Pacquiao and Broner, I think that would be a great fight for me, too,” said Garcia. “I think that’s actually name-wise, Broner and Pacquiao have big names, and I have a big name, so I think that would be a great, promotional pay-per-view fight. Either or, whoever wins.”
Either fight would make for a great fight for Garcia and both are winnable for him. He is a little bigger than Broner and seems to have a better punch too. And despite Broner’s vast experience, Garcia has seen the big stage vs. several big names himself.
A Pacquiao fight would be very interesting, as we would see Garcia, who is often a natural counter puncher, attempt to deal with Pacquiao and his endless flurry of punches. Hopefully the Philadelphia fighter can land one of those two next year.