Danny Garcia is Enjoying Life In The Driver’s Seat
By Jake Donovan
A year ago, Danny Garcia was merely viewed as a promising contender who may or may not have been ready for the best the 140 lb. division had to offer.
Today, he stands tall not just among the best but now the leader of the pack. Wins over Erik Morales and Amir Khan have dramatically changed public perception of the unbeaten Philly fighter, who is enjoying the view from his newfound role in the driver’s seat.
“It definitely changed,” Garcia says of his still young career and how he is perceived by the boxing fraternity. “Now I get the respect that I deserve. A lot of people didn’t respect me. They didn’t think I was a true champion. Now I proved to the world that I’m one of the best.”
His dramatic knockout win over Khan in July proved to be an industry-wide eye-opening affair. Questions still surrounded his career following a points win over Morales in March, in which he looked good but didn’t leave a lasting impression.
Rallying back to drop and stop Khan in Las Vegas over the summer changed public perception in a big way. It also cast a brighter light among the network brass at Showtime and HBO, both of whom remain interested in showcasing his talents.
His past two bouts in 2012 – both on HBO – came on the B-side of the marquee. On October 20, he is viewed as the headlining act for his rematch with Morales, which airs live on Showtime from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. The bout tops a televised quadruple header from the brand new home of the Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey) Nets.
Garcia’s first fight with Morales saw his legendary opponent come in over the weight and making no efforts to shed the extra poundage. Garcia conceded for the sake of keeping the fight alive, which was his first shot at a major title.
Now a unified titlist and viewed as the best 140 lb. fighter in the world, the 24-year old Garcia gets to call the shots heading into next Saturday’s affair. If Morales isn’t already hard at work to meet the contracted terms for the rematch, he will be in for a rude awakening should there be any more drama at the scales.
“I’m not worried about (Morales),” Garcia said of the possibility of his opponent once again missing weight. “If he comes in overweight he has to lose weight. It has to be fair this time. I worked hard and he has to work hard. Last time he was the champion and he didn’t care. This time it’s different.”
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
in boxing, if a fighter has haters, he is a top notch fighter. clearly danny is top notch if he is gettin this much hate. I dono why, just cause his father is a di[B]c[/B]khead, why the hate for swifty.…Comment by PR ESQ. on 10-12-2012
[QUOTE=ddangerous;12595725]Garcia got my attention a bit after dismantling Khan. I enjoyed the first fight with Morales, but he definitely struggled at times. That said, it was against a future HOF'er in Morales so I definitely am not hating. If he…Comment by richardt on 10-11-2012
No, it is his mentally and emotionally unstable father that is in the Drivers seat and it is his fault that he is led around by a head case Dad.Comment by anonymous2.0 on 10-11-2012
[QUOTE=Steve Hanson;12596033]Danny's good and all but if Khan wasn't so disliked that illegal punch he landed to Amir's neck/behind the ear (Rabbit Punch) wouldve been rightfully ruled a fould and he wouldve been given 5 min to recover or Danny…Comment by -DSG- on 10-11-2012
[QUOTE=Steve Hanson;12596033]Danny's good and all but if Khan wasn't so disliked that illegal punch he landed to Amir's neck/behind the ear (Rabbit Punch) wouldve been rightfully ruled a fould and he wouldve been given 5 min to recover or Danny…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (23)