Danny Garcia: I Needed a Break Mentally, Physically From Boxing

By Keith Idec

Danny Garcia feels refreshed.

The former welterweight and junior welterweight champion needed a mental and physical break from boxing following his split-decision defeat to Keith Thurman in their 147-pound title unification fight March 4. It wasn’t until about six months later that he started feeling the urge to fight again.

“I got a much-needed rest,” Garcia told “I feel good, I feel fresh and I’m motivated, excited to go out there.”

danny-garcia (15)_2

When Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) squares off with Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KOs) on February 17, he’ll end nearly a one-year layoff, the longest break of his 10-year pro career. The 29-year-old Garcia welcomed the time away from grueling training.

“I was champion five, six years,” Garcia said. “It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication. Sometimes it’s good to just let your body rest and let your hard work show [in] your life, and that’s what I was doing.”

The Philadelphia native has felt refreshed since he started training late last year for his 12-round welterweight fight against Rios at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (Showtime).

“I feel like I needed to miss the sport a little bit, and I did,” Garcia said. “I’m motivated in jogging, sparring, training. I just feel good. This is a tough sport. Day in and day out, you’ve gotta be mentally strong and physically strong in this sport. You’ve gotta have passion for it, you’ve gotta be motivated.

“If you don’t have those things, you can’t be a top-level fighter. And you’ve just gotta know how to control it – know when to turn it on and when to turn it off. I had to just relax a little bit to make the comeback.”

Garcia isn’t concerned about ring rust holding him back when he encounters Rios, who’s a big underdog.

“I’ve been boxing for a long time,” Garcia said. “I’ve just gotta make sure I get some good sparring in, like I’ve been doing already, to knock off all that ring rust in the gym. But other than that, I feel good. I don’t think that’s gonna be a problem.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=etech1;18408255]STFW if salka was at a catch weight? What you laid out, doesn't erase the long layoffs, and mediocre competition, (relative to him supposedly being an elite at 140/147.) And his comeback fight is Rios?? Seriously? Does that impress you…

Comment by etech1 on 01-15-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18407658]... Herrera fight was Danny Garcia's last fight at 140lbs, so not really sure what your beef is here. Salka was a catchweight fight, and the Peterson and Paulie fights were both non-title at 147lbs, before he fought Robert Guerrero…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-14-2018

[QUOTE=etech1;18405315]September 2013 he beats matthysee. Good win. I was a fan. Then it took him 6 months to fight Herrera. Long layoff, but matthysee was a tough fight, so I was ok with that. Herrera lost every time he stepped…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 01-14-2018

nothing wrong with having a break

Comment by Hype Job on 01-14-2018

[QUOTE=etech1;18405315]September 2013 he beats matthysee. Good win. I was a fan. Then it took him 6 months to fight Herrera. Long layoff, but matthysee was a tough fight, so I was ok with that. Herrera lost every time he stepped…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (44)
Top Headlines Joshua Interested in UFC Deal, But Says He's 'Riding With' Hearn Photos: Ryan Garcia, Fernando Vargas - Ready For Battle WBC Prez is Shocked: This is Not The Golovkin That We Know Bob Arum: We're Not Ready To Give Up on Felix Verdejo Ryan Martin vs. Luis Eduardo Florez Tops Hollywood Fight Nights Joshua Warns Wilder: Be Realistic or We'll Freeze You Out Hughie Fury Prepares For Sexton With Bolton Wanderers Top Rank on Making Deal With Golden Boy For Loma-Linares Kautondokwa Still Unbeaten, Knocks Godoy Out in Five Parker's Trainer: Despite Taunts, Joshua 'Has Pretty Good Chin' Linares: On May 12 - Lomachenko Will Bow Down To King Jorge! Golovkin Wants Answers: What Did Canelo Inject in His Belly? Tyrone McKenna vs. Anthony Upton on Frampton-Donaire Card Photos: Anthony Joshua in Top Form, Grinds For Parker Clash Lomachenko vs. Jorge Linares - Ticket Information Whyte: Browne 'Just a Clubber;' He Hasn't Fought Anyone Like Me Ryan Garcia: I Want Gervonta Davis, I Want To Fight Him! Hearn Sides With Joshua's Position: No Face To Face With Wilder Browne: 'Idiot' Whyte Famous Only for Getting KO'd by Joshua Naoya Inoue's Power Has Improved at 118, Says Sparring Partner Hearn: Anthony Joshua is Very Interested in Rematch With Whyte Frank Bruno Issues Joseph Parker Warning To Anthony Joshua Golden Boy Prez on Golovkin: Sounds Like Fear, Making Excuses Liam Smith: There is No Way Ali Beats Even a 75% Version of Cotto Willy Vlautin and His Love For The Sport of Boxing WBC Prez is Waiting For Mikey Garcia To Make His Decision Golden Boy Prez Reacts: It Sounds Like Golovkin Wants Out! Golovkin: Those Responsible For Draw Are Terrorists, Need Jail! Golovkin: Canelo is Cheating, Using Drugs - De La Hoya is Dirty Yuriorkis Gamboa, Golden Boy Promotions Part Ways Jorge Arce Comes Out Firing in Defense of Canelo, Luis Nery Hearn Reacts To Wilder Calling Him 'White Man Milking a Brother' Ryota Murata vs. Emanuele Blandamura Will Be Carried By ESPN Julian Williams vs. Nathaniel Gallimore Finalized For SHO Triple ESPN Names Mayweather 8th Most Dominant Athlete of Past 20 Years Kautondokwa: After Godoy, I am ready for Billy Joe Saunders! Jose Ramirez's First Defense Targeted For Ballpark in Fresno Tyson Fury's New Goal - Break Joe Louis' 25 Defense Record News: Payano vs. Plania, Braulio Rodriguez, Vicente Eyes Dogboe Photos: Dillian Whyte, Lucas Browne, Frank Buglioni - Workouts

Latest Active Forum Threads