Angel Garcia Responds To Loeffler, Says 164lb Offer to Ward is a Duck


Like him or hate him, Angel Garcia is certainly a fascinating individual. The trainer and father of Danny Garcia, Angel has no problems telling it like he sees it, and he does so in the most theatrical manner possible.


In a recent interview with Thaboxingvoice’s Nestor Gibbs, Angel went in on a handful of topics, and a few of his comments struck a chord with others in boxing, namely the handlers of Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.


“Ain’t nobody know [GGG], only HBO knows him. No American people know him. They’re trying to make him seem like a killer. He’s good, but he ain’t fighting nobody. Danny fought all the killers and they put cherries on his page. [GGG] really got cherries,” Angel said.


When Angel mentions “cherries” he’s referring to cherry picking – a derogatory comment about a fighter is chooses the easier fights. Recently, Danny Garcia has been the victim of a troll on Instagram. The troll has posted cherries all over pictures and videos of Danny (you have to see it to understand), suggesting that Danny is a cherry picker.


Angel, who is understandably upset about the remarks towards his son, lashed out on Golovkin because he sees his resume and compares it to Danny’s and can’t understand why fans/media give Golovkin a pass.


“They’re trying to build a star where there is no star,” Angel said of Golovkin.


Those comments got the attention of Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, Golovkin’s promoter, who took to Twitter to respond to Angel’s comments.


“Angel should focus on DSG (Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia) Boxing not GGG English after Danny lost to Herrera and Peterson #GiftGarcia Rematch Salka?” – @TomLoeffler1


Well, Angel had a response for Loeffler.


First, Angel made it clear that he takes offense to anyone saying that they lost to Herrera or Peterson. He stood firm on his position that Danny won both fights. Furthermore, Angel suggested that Garcia is a more complete for having put in rounds in championship fights, suggesting that it is the only way to gain full experience. But he’s also making an observation about Golovkin knocking out his opponents, claiming that it takes away from Golovkin learning on the job and that it is more of a reflection on the lack of opposition Golovkin has been facing as opposed to his dangerous abilities.


Then, Angel attacked Golovkin and Loeffler by claiming they are ducking Andre Ward by attempting to make him take a catch weight at 164lbs – a catch weight in between middleweight (Golovkin’s weight class” and super middleweight (Andre Ward’s weight class).


Why they trying to make it easy? Make it hard, too and fight some real names. They don’t want to fight Andre Ward at 168, they want to bring him down to 164, but everybody else they will fight at 168lbs. That tells you a whole lot. Fight Andre Ward and then come talk to me about Danny lost to who.


It’s difficult to side with Angel because Danny had been fighting his fair share of catch weights, and he was doing it against guys in his weight class. I don’t fully fault Danny because he couldn’t make 140lbs, but he should’ve just moved up a long time ago and not waited until now with Malignaggi.


Also, Ward is not in Golovkin’s weight class and the catch weight is a means to even up the playing field.


“We are focused on DSG, that’s why we’re 30 and 0, but we’re fighting names,” Angel said as he continued to compare his son’s legacy to that of Golovkin’s.


Angel did bring up a fair point about becoming a star. He spoke about Danny’s fight against Khan, which essentially propelled Danny’s career as the best fighter in the junior welterweight division. Angel says that their side gave up plenty in negotiations to get the opportunity to fight Khan, who was regarded as the A-side fighter. Danny had yet to prove himself, so he took the role as the B-side to get the fight, knowing that if he won he’d be able to call the shots from that point on. He won and it worked out well.


Angel says that Golovkin should do the same against the proven Ward. Ward has legitimacy and has fought in big fights, but Golovkin has yet to win that big fight that could propel him into even bigger commercial success.


“It ain’t about the money sometimes, sometimes you got to fight your way up. You got to pay the man with the name you want.”


I respect Danny Garcia and I respect Gennady Golovkin. To break it down, Golovkin gets a higher grade when it comes to the eye test, but Danny has the proven track record against quality opposition. They are both worthy of our admiration and respect, but the saddest thing about this back-and-forth between promoter and trainer is that the fighters they represent will never fight each other.