By Ryan Burton
Former two-division champion Danny Garcia has received the benefit of the doubt in a couple of his fights throughout his championship reign. That string of good fortune came to an end last year when Garcia lost a split decision to Keith Thurman.
One of his close losses was a fight that was supposed to be a showcase homecoming bout in Puerto Rico. That fight took place in his parent's homeland in 2014 against Mauricio Herrera. Garcia ended up squeaking out a majority decision. The fight was close but many people thought the game Herrera had done enough to get the victory.
"I was one of those people. The fight was in Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans booed it. I talked to someone from Puerto Rico the other day and she said, 'you go got a big fight coming up' and I saw yeah we are fighting a Puerto Rican kid and she said, 'he ain't Puerto Rican,' Shawn Porter's father and trainer told BoxingScene.com with a smile. "That is what she said. She said he ain't Puerto Rican and I said well his dad is so she said, 'well his dad is.' So that is how they feel about it."
Garcia (34-1) will face Porter (28-2-1) on September 8th at the Barclays Center in New York in a Showtime main event. The vacant WBC welterweight title will be at stake.
The Porters have wanted this fight for a long and are approaching the fight with a kill or be killed attitude. Kenny hasn't seen anything from Garcia in his previous fights that he believes will be effective against his son.
"The only thing that matters is when we get in the ring on fight night and what happens in those three minutes or less or 12 rounds or less. We plan on letting it all hang out there. For us it is do or die. Unless he is prepared to kill us because we are prepared to do that to him - he is going to have come with another game plan because the game plan he used against Keith (Thurman) that ain't gonna work against us. The one he used against (Brandon) Rios that definitely is not going to work. Nothing against Rios but he has been out of his prime for a number of years so that is where we are at," said Porter.
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