Garcia Wants to Become “Face of Boxing”
Danny Garcia’s entire career has led up to this Saturday. The welterweight champion will face fellow undefeated champion Keith Thurman in a unification fight, one that has already been billed as one of the most hotly anticipated fights of 2017.
Garcia (33-0, 19 KOs) is not only eyeing a spot as the top welterweight in the world with a victory on Saturday. He believes that a victory over Thurman on his resume, in addition to the champions he has already beaten, should make him one of the faces of boxing.
“If you look at the last five years in the sport of boxing, since 2012,” Garcia explained during a recent conference call, “and you looked at the level of opposition that every other champion’s faced, and you look at the level of opposition that I faced, and the divisions that I won and unified are the hardest divisions in the sport of boxing. So if you go off the people I’ve faced in the last five years and the titles that I’ve won, [beating Thurman] makes me the face of boxing.”
Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) didn’t go quite that far, though the Clearwater, Florida native also appreciates what winning this intriguing matchup between unbeaten welterweight champions could do for his career.
“The winner of this fight is gonna be the man of the 147 division,” Thurman said during the same conference call. “And then lately, the welterweight division, whoever’s at the top of 147 kind of has been the face of boxing. And it is due to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and things of that nature. And, you know, the heavyweight division is coming back. But the fight fans, true boxing fans, they’re on everything, you know? They’re onto Triple-G, Canelo, you know, Wilder and Joshua.
“But still, with all that going on, man, 147 is a tremendous weight class. And the winner of this fight is gonna get a little bit of what I call spotlight priority, man. They’re gonna step [up in] the world of boxing. They’re gonna get talked about a lot more. And they’re gonna get some high expectations set upon them. It just is what it is. It’s what comes when you are champion, and you stay champion, and you keep making a name for yourself. So it’s our job to fight, it’s our job to win, and it’s you guys’ job to talk about it. And, you know, we’re always willing to do these interviews and things of that nature. So it’s just what comes with the territory, man. But I’m looking forward to making history at 147 and holding down this weight class for a few more years.”