By Luis Sandoval
Reigning unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia is coming off a 2nd round highlight reel type knockout over Rod Salka as the Philadelphia native improved his record 29-0, 17 KOs. While it was a great knockout victory, Garcia received backlash from fans for his choice of opponent as many had a problem with Salka being ranked so low.
Garcia was at the Stub Hub Center for the Shawn Porter-Kell Brook welterweight showdown and spoke to BoxingScene regarding the flak he’s taken in the last couple weeks from fans.
“It is what it is. They’re entitled to their own opinion. They’re the fans, they pay to watch it. But at the end of the day, I faced a lot of fighters in their prime more than any other young fighter today. If you can name any young fighter my age that’s fought two fighters in their prime in their weight class, you can tell me right now,” Garcia told BoxingScene.
Garcia faced similar ridicule when a fight with Lucas Matthysse was looming and many didn’t think the undefeated champion would take on the challenge. But both men eventually squared off much to the delight of all boxing fans last May and Garcia not only proved the naysayers wrong, but also won the fight when many didn’t expect him to.
Danny is used to dealing with this type of thing and explains that what people don’t’ understand is that this is a business and he has to do what’s best for him and his family.
“It’s a business at the end of the day. The fans are always going to say what they want and the people are always going to want what they want. But fans last forever; boxing is a short term career. I got to do what’s best for my life and career. At the end of the day, fans are always going to be fans. You could be 70 years old and still be a fan. I can only box like 10 more years so I have to do what’s best for me,” said the undefeated champion.
Garcia is shooting to get back in the ring before the end of 2014 where a move to Welterweight is looking more than likely.
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