Danny Garcia believes his drawing ability should behoove a certain welterweight champion from Omaha, Nebraska to consider him for a fight.
In a recent interview, Garcia, the two-division titleholder from Philadelphia, offered what may be his most enthusiastic reception to the idea of fighting Terence Crawford, who holds the WBO 147-pound belt. Crawford is currently a free agent, as his contract with longtime promoter Top Rank Inc. ended last November after Crawford’s 10th-round knockout of Shawn Porter in Las Vegas.
The 34-year-old Garcia has not fought since his unanimous decision loss to Errol Spence Jr. in December of 2020, so he is not necessarily looking to fight Crawford in his next bout. But afterward? He is apparently all game.
“Not next,” Garcia said of fighting Crawford in an interview with FightHubTV. “But that’s a big fight. We have history. I feel like he needs somebody like me.”
Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) and Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) go back to the amateurs, where they supposedly fought each other twice; Garcia won the first time, Crawford the second.
Garcia’s last point is probably in reference to Crawford’s struggles at the box office. Though the switch-hitting three-division titlist has been well remunerated throughout the years, Crawford has struggled to produce the kind of gate and pay-per-view numbers that one might typically associate with a talent of his caliber.
Garcia is no stranger to high profile bouts. His unification fight against Keith Thurman at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn aired on CBS, peaking at 5.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures. The fight drew a reported 16,533 at the gate, which remains the record for a boxing bout at the Barclays.
Garcia said it is no coincidence that fighters have had career-best exposure in fights that involved himself.
“Like I said before, there’s no big fight in the welterweight division without Danny Garcia,” Garcia continued. “All you gotta do is look at the numbers. When [Keith] Thurman fought me there were 16,500 people in the Barclays Center. There were 5 million people watching. His very next fight when he fought Josesito Lopez, there was nobody in the stands, nobody cared about the fight.
“When I fought Porter we put 14,000 in the Barclays Center, did crazy numbers on Showtime. His very next fight he fought [Yordenis] Ugas in California and there was no one there. No one even cared about it. So, all you gotta do is look at the numbers. There’s no big fight in the welterweight division without Danny Garcia. Numbers don’t lie. All you gotta do is check the scoreboard.”
Recently, Garcia has hinted at a potential move up to 154 pounds, so it is not clear if he plans on remaining at welterweight. What is clear is that he appears far from retiring. In addition to Crawford, he offered up a slew of other prominent names against whom he would like to fight.
“I would love to fight Thurman again, I would love to fight Kell Brook, I would love to fight Mikey Garcia or potentially a Crawford fight,” he said.