Danny Garcia talks Saturday’s fight, Bob Arum, and more.
Former two-division titleholder and current top welterweight contender Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KO) returns to action this Saturday night in a PBC on FOX main event from California, facing tough battler Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KO) for the vacant WBC “silver” title at 147 pounds.
Garcia talked about fighting in LA, Granados, and some recent Bob Arum comments.
On fighting in southern California
“I believe I fought in this arena when I was 6-0. I fought Kendall Holt at the Staples Center. I beat Robert Guerrero in the Staples Center for the welterweight title in 2016. LA has always been good to me. This is a great atmosphere. I love it here, and that’s why I chose to fight here.”
On who he’d like to fight next
“Whoever, whoever, whoever. … I gotta focus on Saturday night. That’s my main focus right now, getting this victory. After that we can go back to the drawing board.”
On what he expects on Saturday
“There’s a lot at stake, so I know that (Granados) is ready. But I trained hard, man. I think I’m in the best shape of my life and I can’t wait to show it Saturday night. … Training camp was good, I had a tough training camp. I feel like I’m in better shape for this fight than my last two fights. I feel real good, and it’s going to show on Saturday night.”
On if he wants a championship fight this year
“Whatever fight is made is obviously going to be a big fight. Whatever comes my way.”
On fighting in California instead of New York
“I wanted to switch it up. I’ve been fighting in New York a lot, and I felt like I wanted to change the vibe a little bit. Fight on 4/20, smoke somebody real quick. … I love the Barclays Center. I’m not that type of person, I don’t blame my defeats on nobody. I take my defeats like a man. In my heart, I felt like I won them fights. It is what it is. I’m not here because of that. I just wanted to change the scenery up a little bit and give my fans in LA a good fight.”
On Granados not getting the decision in many close and controversial fights
“Maybe he ain’t doing enough. I don’t know. I can’t answer that question for you. That’s something you gotta ask him. But as far as me, I know I’m ready and I’m gonna go in there and get this victory on Saturday night.”
On this being similar to the Rios fight
“That’s what I’m planning on, I’m planning on winning by KO. If not, we’re ready for 12 rounds. We trained hard, we had a great training camp. I always go for the knockout. If you watch Danny Garcia fights, I’m always swinging, swinging to knock somebody out.”
On Bob Arum saying Errol Spence Jr is PBC’s only elite welterweight
“That’s what he’s supposed to say. I ain’t worried about Bob Arum. That’s not my promoter. I’m over here on PBC, and I’m happy over here. They do their thing, I do my thing. I got my own platform on FOX. I don’t need to fight on nobody else’s platform.”