Amir Khan and Angel Garcia, Danny Garcia's father and trainer, have exchanged words a few times leading up to the July 14 fight in Vegas. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Angel Garcia, father/trainer of WBC junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia, has received attention this year as his son has seen his standing in the sport shoot up, first with a win over Erik Morales in March, and now a July 14 fight with Amir Khan.
Unfortunately, most of the attention hasn't been very good. Angel has been criticized for his comments about both fighters this year, and he's at it again, bringing race and nationality into things in a bizarre rant that doesn't really seem to have much of a point other than stirring the hornet's nest.
"This guy never faced a Puerto Rican in his goddamn life. He never faced a Puerto Rican hungry like Danny. I'm going to tell you the truth. No more beating around the bush. I'm tired of all the bullshit. I'm tired of all the bullshit that goes on behind [closed doors] in boxing."
Angel's comments at the first Khan vs Garcia presser were interpreted as being racist by some, and he's really not helping that much now. He then went into some strange tirade about bias against American fighters, citing "all these TV shows" (?) as criticizing American fighters, which is "the problem we have in America." He noted the controversy of Tim Bradley's win over Manny Pacquiao as being an example of this.
"Khan is a nobody. He is a European fighter from Europe. Danny is an American fighter. That's the point. That's the difference. ... And then you have all of these TV shows and I'm not going to name names, all they want to do is criticize the American fighters. So you could say something on TV that's going to hurt you for the rest of your life. That's the problem we have in America."
Frankly I'm not sure where to go with this. I don't really have any idea what he's talking about. I'm not sure he's talking about anything -- either he's doing it for the attention, or he's doing it because he's a weirdo and frankly kind of a dummy. I'm not usually high on calling guys stupid, but... well? Where else do you go here? Is he trying to use the 4th of July to stir up pro-American sentiment for his kid? USA! USA! USA!