Danny Garcia has another chance to become a champion when he faces WBC and IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr on a FOX pay-per-view on Nov. 21, and the two-division titleholder spoke about that fight and more on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer.
Garcia (36-2, 21 KO) was originally slated to face Spence (26-0, 21 KO) on Jan. 25, with that fight put together immediately after Spence beat Shawn Porter last September. But Spence suffered major injuries in a car crash last fall, postponing the bout with Garcia, who instead kept busy on that Jan. 25 date with a win over Ivan Redkach.
Redkach, a southpaw, was drafted in as an opponent so that Garcia could prepare for either Spence or Manny Pacquiao later in the year, and now he has the Spence fight.
“I definitely feel like it’s the right time, it’s Danny Garcia time. It’s time for me to go up there and take what’s mine because I am the true champion,” Garcia told Custer. “I’m the true WBC champion at 140 and 147. I had a 6-7 year reign with that, I had a little break now it’s time for me come back and take what’s mine.”
Garcia’s been at 147 pounds now for five years, and does feel like his time at the weight is nearing its end, but he’s already got designs on more success at junior middleweight.
“I would say two (more fights at 147), this one and one more and then I’m going up to 154. My goal is to win three divisions and until that happens, I feel like the Garcia legacy isn’t complete,” he said.
Garcia, 32, was sort of the odd man out in the PBC welterweight scramble in 2019, but it was always clear the idea was for him to be rewarded for his patience with another big opportunity in 2020. This one almost didn’t come for several reasons, but it’s on the calendar and one of the biggest fights we’ll see for the rest of the year for sure.