Garcia Credits Philly For Passion And Spirit

Danny Garcia looks to overcome his first career loss, a split decision defeat at the hands of Keith Thurman, when he returns to the ring Saturday night in Las Vegas. While re-establishing himself as a title contender is important for the former WBC welterweight champion, his other passion is being a businessman in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Garcia has always dedicated himself to his family and his community. He has shown this by launching small businesses, such as a boxing gym, clothing line, and a barbershop, inside the city. And while those businesses were created due his reputation as a championship boxer, Garcia told FIGHT SPORTS that his family is the reason why those businesses have been able to grow.

“I’ve got a good team. My father is my business partner and helps me a lot. It takes a lot of weight off my shoulders.”

Garcia’s father, who helps manage Garcia’s businesses and properties, as well as the boxer’s brother who helps run the shipping for his growing clothing line, give the man known as “Swift” the ability to focus on training, especially heading into his fight against Brandon Rios.

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Credit: Chet Susslin / SHOWTIME

Even though the sports books don’t consider Danny the underdog, Garcia told FIGHT SPORTS, “that if you’re from Philadelphia, you’re the underdog automatically.” He sees his journey as very similar to the Super Bowl Champion Eagles who overcame the underdog persona throughout the playoffs and he has taken that mentality to heart, crediting the city for his passion and drive.

 “It’s who I am… The city of Philadelphia raised me to be the champion I am today.”

Garcia, an avid Eagles fan, looks towards the city as his inspiration, continuing to live, train, and be a part of the fabric of it. And while he may not have a parade going down Broad street, he wants to be known once again as a world champion, and the first step to that is on February 17th against Brandon Rios.

Watch Highlights of Danny Garcia’s last fight (3/4/17 vs. Keith Thurman) via PBC:

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