Garcia: I did what I had to do at 140. 147 is a new chapter


Danny GarciaDanny Garcia is making his move to 147 lbs. next Saturday against Brooklyn’s Paulie Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In a battle of the Barclays Center of sorts, Garcia has made the arena his home base for fights while Malignaggi has headlined once and fought on Garcia’s undercard once. Garcia has had a lot of critics but says his run at 140 speaks for itself.

“I had six world title fights, five defenses,” Garcia told “My last 10 fights, I beaten either current or former world champions in my last 10 fights. I feel like I did what I had to do at that weight class; now 147 is a new chapter in my career.”

A lot of criticism has come Garcia’s way, and some of it is justified. But looking at Garcia’s run at 140, he has victories over Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Zab Judah, Erik Morales, and Kendall Holt among other disputed ones. He also did unify titles and Garcia says the only other fighter doing what he did at 147 was one Floyd Mayweather.

“I did at 140 what nobody has done at 147 except for Mayweather, unify the titles,” explained Garcia. “People at 147, I feel like I have more experience than them guys. I have more world title fights than those guys. I defended my titles five times. I know some fighters who win a world title and can’t even defend it one time. That’s just shows you a lot about what type of a fighter I am. I’m just looking to go up to 147 and taking over the division one fight at a time. I’m not going to get desperate because I know boxing. It’s all about timing. There are a lot of good names in the sport at 147, but I can’t fight all of them at once, it’s all about time.”