Garcia Defends Father: “Trump Has Said Worse”
Danny Garcia vs. Keith Thurman is one of the most anticipated boxing matches of 2017, but it wasn’t the fighters that made headlines at Thursday’s kickoff press conference at the Barclays Center. Garcia’s father Angel exploded in a racially-driven tirade directed at Thurman, drawing heavy criticism online.
Garcia, however, is not exactly condemning his father’s discriminatory rhetoric. Speaking to journalists in the aftermath of the press conference, he said that he feels no need to try to change his Angel’s behavior.
"At the end of the day, that’s how he is," Garcia said. "I can’t change him. I just sit back and laugh. I’ve heard worse things from our new President [Donald Trump]."
Angel Garcia stood up and began yelling angrily while Thurman addressed the crowd. In his rant he used a number of racial slurs and made anti-immigrant comments, insulting boxers that had immigrated to the United States. He added in an exclamation of praise to Trump before being ushered off the stage.
Angel made similar comments when his son was set to fight Amir Khan in 2012, as Khan’s parents came to America from Pakistan.
"People like drama so that’s what we gotta bring," Danny Garcia said. "From the press conference to the fight, that’s what makes a big fight! He [Thurman] was definitely mad, they all get mad. They think they’re fighting him [Angel] so they’re not worried about me."
Garcia for his part said he was unaffected by the trash talk coming from Thurman. There is real heat between the two welterweights, not just playful banter for the sake of promotion. But Garcia is excited to get the opportunity to settle things in the ring.
"I’m thick-skinned, plus he didn’t really say anything. I just said ‘you’ve got what you wish for, you’ve been asking for it…be careful what you wish for.’"