Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia opened his DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia Wednesday for a media workout prior to his August 9 welterweight bout against "Lightning" Rod Salka at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY live on SHOWTIME.
Garcia, along with his father and trainer, Angel Garcia, spoke to the media about the upcoming fight and trained in front of the cameras. With fight night just over a week away, here is what the two had to say on Wednesday:
DANNY GARCIA, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
"I always have something to prove. Either I'm fighting someone who I'm not supposed to beat and no one believes in me, or I'm fighting someone I'm supposed to beat and if they fight well I can't win anyway.
"I can guarantee one thing, on Aug. 9 it's going to be an exciting fight and people who don't watch it are going to miss out.
"The last mandatory I knew I had was Lucas Matthysse. As far as the rankings though, I don't really pay attention to that.
"No matter how I win, I believe August 9 is going to be a great show. Brooklyn has a great atmosphere for fights.
"When I fought Salka last I had just come back from U.S. [amateur] championships, and I had faced so many fighters, the main thing I remember is that I won. The only other thing I remember is being aggressive and trying to walk him down.
"My dad is fired up, he's been classic Angel Garcia. He was more quiet last fight, but he's back now. I'm calling August 9 'The Purge' because team Garcia is going to purge Barclays Center."
ANGEL GARCIA, Danny's Father and Trainer
"I don't really watch tape. That's old thinking. I watched the Herrera fight just to get the doubt about it out of my head, but that's just from the media. They made it seem like Herrera destroyed Danny, but I didn't see it like that.
"What happens when you get all this negativity in the media about a performance, the next person you're going to fight feels the consequences. Salka is in a predicament right now. He's in the wrong place at the wrong time.”