I have been very vocal in my dislike for Danny Garcia. While I respect him for what he has done inside the ring (I wasn't quite convinced with that either until he convincingly beat Matthysse), I can't bring myself to like him.
I hold him accountable for what his father does. People tell me that that's not fair because Angel is his own person, a grown man, and Danny has no control over him. I disagree. Danny is the star. He is the champion and he is the one who calls the shots. If I were a famous person, and I had a racist, bigoted father, I would not let him speak in public or at the very least, I would distance myself from his views. Danny is guilty by omission, either because he thinks it's good publicity or because he agrees with whatever filth his father spews. Either way, I hold him accountable.
It is because of this that I have always said that as a Puerto Rican I am in no rush to embrace him as one of our own. Someone pointed out that my dislike for him may be clouding my judgement. I concede that this could be true.
Nonetheless, I've also heard comments by Angel on how they are "Americans". Knowing that Angel himself is all about publicity, it seems strangely convenient that suddenly Danny wants to fight in Puerto Rico and become acquainted with Puerto Rico. According to an article in today's El Nuevo Dia, today Danny Garcia landed on Puerto Rican soil for only the second time in his life. Last time he went to PR was in 2010 for a week.
One reporter quoted in the article said that Angel back in 2010 said that he "was very interested in Danny being known in Puerto Rico because he thought Danny would be world champion and the next great Puerto Rican champion". So, a kid who doesn't speak Spanish, had never shown any interest on going to the Island, suddenly wants to fight there and brand himself as the next great Puerto Rican champion. That just seems like smart marketing to me.