Danny Garcia Backs Adrien Broner To Upset Manny Pacquiao

By Michael Rosenthal

LOS ANGELES – Danny Garcia was surrounded by some of the biggest names in boxing on Tuesday afternoon when he declared: “I fought more (big) fights than any other fighter on this stage.”

That might be true. Among those Garcia has faced: Erik Morales (twice), Amir Khan, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, Lamont Peterson, Paulie Malignaggi, Robert Guerrero, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter.

And had a few moments gone his way in his two setbacks, Garcia (34-2, 20 knockouts) might still be undefeated.

“It’s tough,” he said in a one-on-one interview at a news conference to formally announce upcoming matchups under the new deal between Premier Boxing Champions and Fox Sports. “I thought I won both fights. What can I do? Only come back stronger. I’m more motivated off this one than if I actually won.
“It’s only a matter of time before I get back what’s mine.”


Garcia was referring to his last fight, a close, but unanimous decision loss against Shawn Porter for the vacant WBC welterweight title this past September (112-116, 113-115, 113-115). His only other setback was a split-decision against Keith Thurman in March of last year (112-116, 113-115, 115-113).

The Philadelphian gets back in the saddle against Adrian Granados on June 20. Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) is known for upsetting then-unbeaten Amir Imam in 2015 and a series of painfully close losses.

The only fighter to blow him out was Shawn Porter, who won a wide decision last November.

“It won’t be hard to get up for Granados, not at all,” Garcia said. “Like I said, losing is the worst feeling in the world. Nobody likes losing. I’m motivated. I’ll definitely show up that night.”

Garcia reiterated on Tuesday that he’d like a rematch with Porter or Thurman for a title. In the meantime, he also is intrigued with the possibility of facing the winner of the January 19 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on Showtime pay-per-view.

“That’d be a great fight,” he said of matchup between him and the winner. “Those are two big names, Pacquiao and Broner. And I haven’t fought either one of them. It would sell out a stadium and be a big pay-per-view fight. It would make a lot of money.”

Who does the think will win in January?

“I know a lot of people are picking Pacquiao,” he said. “I’m going to go with Broner in an upset. He’s younger. I think the concern is that Pacquiao is going to outwork him. If (Broner) lands cleaner punches and ups his work rate a little bit, I think he can win the fight.”

Of course, Garcia believes he’d beat either fighter.

“I’ve never doubted myself,” he said. “I know I’m one of the best … I know I’m the best.”

Michael Rosenthal is the most recent winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism. He has covered boxing in Los Angeles and beyond for almost three decades.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by led on 11-15-2018

I love to see Broner humping the Senator before he gets KTFO by Pacquiao.

Comment by Thebrownbear on 11-15-2018

[QUOTE=boxing90;19271829]AB just doesn't have the tools, Floyd was even limited in that fight even though he won.. we didnt see the same FM that fought Canelo, Madonna or even Robert Guerrero. AB don't use enough angles... his defense is not…

Comment by champion4ever on 11-14-2018

Unless, Manny has gotten very old overnight; Then I have to disagree with my man. Pac got this one. While, it is true that Pac is more than a decade older than Broner, with a lot more wear and tear…

Comment by Bluebird on 11-14-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;19272019]A normal Broner is already unconscious. On the other hand, given Pacquiao's "worse than animals" remark about gay people, I'd love to watch Broner attempting to hump him as he tried with Maidana in the 1st round.[/QUOTE] Hahahahaha! Tata, when…

Comment by Nomadic on 11-14-2018

Broner has to let them hands fly. Even at his age Pac will swing at a non-moving target.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (33)
Top Headlines Sadam Ali Bounces Back, Decisions Mauricio Herrera Ryan Garcia Blasts Out Braulio Rodriguez in Fifth Round Katie Taylor Dominates Eva Wahlstrom, Retains World Titles Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding: Stats & Stakes Sven Fornling Shocks Karo Murat, Wins Decision in Dramatic Fight Canelo-Fielding Undercard Results From Madison Square Garden Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding - CompuBox Historical Review Joshua: Wilder Fight Has To Happen, We Are From Same Era! Diego Ramirez Drops, Stops Bradley Skeete In Brentwood Monroe's VADA Test Threatens Charlo Fight, Korobov Could Step In Sunny Edwards Gets Off Floor To Outpoint Junior Granados Juergen Braehmer Returns With Easy TKO of Nieves in Five Christian Hammer Breaks Down, Stops Michael Wallisch in Fifth Sadam Ali vs. Mauricio Herrera - CompuBox Historical Review Fielding: I'm Daring To Be Great With a Pound for Pound Fighter Shohjahon Ergashev Demolishes Ruiz in One Round Junior Fa Feels Ready For Parker, Giovanni De Carolis Wins Big Rocky Fielding: I Can't Think About Judging Of Canelo Fight Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Edges Jesse Hart To Retain WBO Title Canelo Calls Small Scab Under Right Eye 'Just A Little Scratch' Lemieux: Fielding Not Dangerous; Won't Last Once Canelo Connects Canelo Open To Moving Back Up To 168 Pounds For Right Fights Daily Bread Mailbag: Lomachenko-Davis, Wilder-Fury, More Frank Warren: Billy Joe Saunders is Inspired By Tyson Fury Sunny Edwards Already Plotting Future World Title Hunt Joseph Parker Back in Force, Crushes Alexander Flores in Three Amir Khan: I Give Fielding No Chance, Canelo is a Beast Canelo's Promoter: Jacobs, Golovkin Have To Get in Line Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future Gilberto Ramirez: I'll Go To 175, I'm Ready To Challenge Gvozdyk News: Raeese Aleem, Abraham Nova, Peres-Daniels Rematch Gilberto Ramirez Retains, Majority Nod Over Jesse Hart Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gervonta Davis vs. Abner Mares Heads To San Diego, Feb. 9 Fielding: Canelo is a Big Challenge - But One I Look Forward To Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart - LIVE Results From Texas Hearn: If Wilder Doesn't Want Joshua - Nothing We Can Do Samuel Clarkson vs. Ryad Merhy in Charleroi, Belgium David Benavidez Back in Action on Spence vs. Garcia Card De La Hoya: I Built Golden Boy, White Had Fertittas To Build UFC

Latest Active Forum Threads