Among the greatest benefits of the current deal in place between Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and Fox Sports is the cross promotion that boxing enjoys, especially during National League Football (NFL) games.
Errol Spence and Danny Garcia are two boxers who’ve benefited from that collaborative effort, coming from major sports markets that happen to represent one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries. Spence’s Dallas Cowboys and Garcia's Philadelphia Eagles have seen better days, yet both remain deep in the hunt in the mediocre NFC East while the two boxers vie for supremacy in a much stronger welterweight division.
“I take the pride of Philadelphia every time I step in the ring,” Garcia noted to PBC host Ray Flores during Monday’s virtual media workout held in his Philadelphia gym. “Every time I step in the ring, the pride of Philadelphia is in me. This is definitely a rivalry.”
Garcia (36-2, 21KOs) challenges for Spence’s unified welterweight titles on December 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the Cowboys and near Spence’s Desoto hometown.
Spence (26-0, 21KOs) has proudly represented the greater Dallas area, with the upcoming Fox Sports Pay-Per-View event marking his third title fight headliner. The unbeaten southpaw scored a 1st round knockout of Carlos Ocampo in a June 2018 mandatory title defense at the Cowboys’ practice facility in Frisco, Texas, before playing their state-of-the-art venue in front of a crowd of 47,525 for his 12-round shutout of then-unbeaten four-division champ Mikey Garcia (no relation to Danny) last March.
The latter event was heavily promoted during the 2018 NFL season, with Spence prominently featured during Dallas Cowboys games. Similarly, Garcia has become intertwined with the Eagles, even serving as the narrator for “A Fighter’s Story” segment dedicated to Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz and the city channeling the figurative Rocky fighting spirit.
In real life, Philadelphia is rich in boxing history—so much, that the phrase “Philly fighter” carries special meaning, a certain kind of toughness existent amongst those who survive the circuit.
“If I wasn’t from Philly, there would be no Danny Garcia today,” insists the former two-division champ.
This city has made me the champion that I am today. Going down to Joe Frazier, the great Bernard Hopkins and all the great fighters from Philadelphia.
“I just grew up in that old school mindset, was taught how to fight with your hands up as a kid. That has served me well mentally and physically growing up. The fact that I am Puerto Rican, I have that Puerto Rican blood and heritage. I feel like I have the best of both worlds.”
All of that, Garcia vows, will be on display as he boldly marches into Spence’s hometown and with the intention of bringing two welterweight titles back home to Philadelphia.
“December 5, the Danny Garcia show is coming to Texas, baby.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox