Danny Garcia may well have his own fight coming up this weekend – but he has still been able to wade in on one of the most highly-anticipated showdowns in world boxing.
The former WBC welterweight champion will snap a long period of inactivity when he returns on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) was last seen challenging WBC and IBF titles against Errol Spence Jr., losing an unanimous decision at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
He meets former WBO world title challenger Jose Benavidez Jr (27-1-1, 18 KOs) over 12 rounds.
But ‘Swift’ had time to talk about a fight between his former opponent Spence, who has now added the WBA Super world title to his collection, and Benavidez Jr’s ex-adversary Terence Crawford, the WBO king, which has yet to be confirmed but is said to be getting closer.
Speaking on the The Last Stand Podcast, Garcia told Brian Custer:
“I felt good going into the fight [against Errol Spence Jr], I’d had a great training camp but he’s a great fighter and everything looks easy from the outside.
“I felt it was a good, competitive fight [between us], but the difference in it was just the jabs.”
Spence and Crawford vowed, after ‘The Truth’ dethroned Yordenis Ugas to win the WBA belt, to get together and force the fight, saying that they would not let the TV networks or promoters interfere with a potential fight for the ages.
“That’s a great match-up between them.
“I feel like Spence is the bigger, stronger guy. He throws a lot of punches and he’s physically stronger and then I feel like Crawford is the more talented, more skilled guy.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how Spence fights another southpaw like him.
“Both guys are mentally strong, they both have amazing skill and I feel like whoever wants it more will be the man to win.
“I think the fight will come down to whoever wakes up and feels better on the day. Whoever that is, that’s who’s going to win.”
Although non-committal on The Last Stand, when pushed for a favourite by FightHype, Garcia did give his verdict:
“In the beginning it was 50/50, but for some reason now I’m leaning more towards Spence.
“I feel like he’s gonna be strong, too strong, too big and his work rate.
“The one thing he can’t do is to get caught, when he gets caught he gets a little shaky, other than that I think he gonna win.”