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Danny Garcia ready to make a splash at 154-pounds

Danny Garcia. Photo credit: Amanda Westcott/Showtime

Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia 36-3 (21) has revealed how the global coronavirus pandemic affected him mentally and kept him out of the ring.

The former two-weight world champion will make his junior middleweight debut when he takes on Jose Benavidez Jr 27-1-1 (18) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.

It will be the first time Garcia has stepped in the prize ring since his one-sided loss at the hands of current WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-0 (22) in December 2020. He lost by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.

“I just needed a little time off,” Garcia told Yahoo Sports. “Mentally, I was kind of burned out. I was pretty worn out mentally and it didn’t make sense to fight in that mind frame. But I’ve gotten the hunger back. That was a rough year for me with the pandemic and everything else going on. So I needed a break but I feel like I’m back to my old self now.”

At 5-foot-8 Garcia will be at the smaller end of the scale for a 154-pounder but he insists he will be able to perform at the higher weight.

“I’m eating the right things, I’m doing more with the weights and I feel I have more stamina and can hold the weight better,” he said. “I feel this is a more natural weight for me and I have the strength to compete here.

“You have to know in your heart that you have the skills and that you’ve put in the work. If you’re going to fight these guys, you can’t have any doubts and you eliminate doubts by the work you put in in the gym.

“I’ve been pushing really hard in this camp. The time off helped me because I missed the gym, I missed everything about it. Now, I’m back where I feel like I belong and I am motivated to show everyone what I’ve done.”

Garcia says he expects the best version of Benavidez to show up.

“He’s a very skilled guy and he comes to fight,” Garcia said. “I feel like I have more experience and I’ve fought at a higher level and for longer but I respect him and I’ve trained so hard for that reason.

“He’ll push me but I’m confident in the work I’ve done that I’m going to put on a good show.”