Garcia-Granados Eye Pacquiao & Title Shot With Win
On Saturday night, the welterweight division sees two major fights on two coasts, and while Terence Crawford and Amir Khan may have the spotlight at Madison Square Garden, Danny Garcia and Adrian Granados look to steal the night in Carson, California.
Speaking to FIGHT SPORTS and other reporters this week on a conference call, both fighters have the specter of Crawford-Khan, but also WBA “regular” welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
“It’s definitely exciting when a legend like Many Pacquiao says he wants to fight you,” Garcia told FIGHT SPORTS of being on Pacquiao’s short list for a July return. “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, two World Champ great legends and just him saying my name definitely motivates me to make sure I handle business Saturday night.
“So that’s why I took the fight very serious and I know it’s a big fight for me. So I have to go in there and make sure that I win this fight hands down.”
“I myself would like a fight with Manny Pacquiao,” Granados said in a follow-up. “I would fight anybody and boxing knows that and that’s why this Saturday is a huge fight for me. It’s a must win opportunity for me because winning this fight definitely change the landscape for my career.”
“I understand that (Garcia’s) a bigger name than me and they have a lot of things set up for him, you know, but I come out on Saturday and upset him, as they would name it an upset, that throws my name into the hat with all those fights.”
“Yeah, definitely, I’ve been in there with most of the other top guys and I’ve been in there with Amir Khan already, Porter, Thurman. I’ve been in there were a lot of guys at 140, 147 already so it definitely interesting,” Garcia said of the depth in the welterweight division.
“There’s a lot of great matchups to makes so whatever fight you make at 147 is going to be interesting, especially with so many styles in Mega fights and I’ve been a part of a lot of mega fights and I love the training so I can go handle business Saturday, because that set me up for those big fights.”
Full Card Below:
Danny Garcia Vs. Adrian Granados
Andy Ruiz Jr. Vs. Alexander Dimitenko
Brandon Figueroa Vs. Yonfrez Parejo
Jeison Rosari Vs. Jorge Cota
Alfredo Angulo Vs. Juan Ubaldo Cabrera
Karlo Balderas Vs. Pedro Vicente
Omar Juarez Vs. Luis Gerardo Perez Salas
Daniel Guzman Vs Hugo Rodriguez
Emmanuel Medina Vs. Gaku Takahashi
Ricky Lopez Vs. Joe Perez
Raymond Murattala Vs. Eduardo Rafael Reyes
Nelson Hampton Vs. TBA