Danny Garcia Believes No One Can Beat Him, Not Even Jose Benavidez Jr.
Danny Garcia may have been away from the ring for nearly two years, but he isn’t feeling much pressure about it.
Garcia will return on July 30 to fight Jose Benavidez Jr in a main event at the Barclays Center. He said he needed the break to refocus.
“I’ve been fighting at the highest level for the last 10 years,” Garcia told Boxing Scene.
“It’s only right as a human that you would get a little mentally tired. I needed a break so that I could miss boxing. I knew that once I came back in the gym motivated and missing the sport, that nobody could beat Danny Garcia.”
There was a time when Garcia was undefeated, and he was the man to be reckoned with in the division. He had reached 33-0 with victories over Nate Campbell, Erik Morales, Amir Khan and Paul Malignaggi, to name a few.
Then he suffered his first pro defeat to Keith Thurman by split decision. With the loss, he also relinquished his WBC welterweight title and his shot at the WBA Super welterweight strap.
He would return to the winning column with a TKO victory over Brandon Rios in February 2018, but it wouldn’t last long as he lost to Shawn Porter by unanimous decision in the next fight.
His last fight would be against Errol Spence Jr, who successfully retained his WBC and IBF belts by unanimous decision in December 2020.
“Every fight you learn from,” Garcia said.
“Even when you win. You just have to take what you can, learn from it and use it in the next fight. The fight with Errol Spence Jr. was a competitive and fun fight and we’re ready to move on to the next step.”
Now that next step is against Benavidez, who was once undefeated before running into WBO champion Terence Crawford in 2018. He lost by TKO in the final round.
“I have a lot of young guys in this camp here with me and they keep me on my toes,” he added.
“The hunger that they have, gives me that motivation. Boxing is a grueling sport, so you have to find time to have fun. I’m doing that again and I know that once I’m happy, no one can touch me.”