By Jake Donovan
Danny Garcia can point to a number of factors behind his one-sided 7th round stoppage of Adrian Granados last Saturday live in primetime on Fox.
Aside from whatever he worked on in the gym was one matter in particular which provided a new source of strength in the ring: abstinence.
“The reason I was so serious was because I was tense, I haven’t had sex in a long time,” Garcia (35-2, 26KOs) quipped during the most recent edition of Inside PBC Boxing Wednesday evening on FS1. “I was a hungry lion in there.”
Garcia fought for the first time since a narrow points loss to Shawn Porter in their vacant welterweight title fight last September. The former two-division titlist from Philadelphia remains on the prowl for a third title reign, providing plenty of hope following his big win over Granados at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
Among his future targets are eight-division champ and reigning secondary welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao, along with a desired rematch with Porter, who had nothing but high praise for his now-friendly rival.
“Before the fight, (Hall of Fame boxer and current Fox analyst) Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini said that Danny just had to win,” noted Porter, a regular series co-host. “I said no, he’s gotta look great, he’s gotta look spectacular and really impress us.
“That’s exactly what he did on Saturday.”
The win was Garcia’s first since a knockout victory over retread Brandon Rios last February. That particular fight trailed his first career defeat, a heartbreaking split decision to Keith Thurman in their March ’17 welterweight title unification clash.
With two losses in three fights heading into Saturday, the onus was on Garcia to prove he still belongs among the best welterweights in the world. The best way to accomplish that goal is to face the best the division has to offer—which is precisely his plan.
“I want the rematch with Shawn. I really want the rematch with Thurman,” admitted Garcia. “Pacquiao said he wants to fight me. He said it before the fight, that he wanted to see how I looked. Hopefully I didn’t scare him away.”
Garcia could ultimately wind up the odd man out in all of this. Pacquiao and Thurman are seemingly on course for a head-on collision in July, while Porter is currently in talks for a September unification clash with unbeaten welterweight titlist Errol Spence.
Regardless, the former titlist isn’t too worried about working his way back into the mix.
“I have one of the best resumes in boxing. I’m still at the top of the mountain,” Garcia believes. “I’m coming back for what’s mine. I’m coming back for the gold.”
In the interim, there’s plenty of downtime available to unload before having to reload.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox