Shawn Porter “We didn’t really speak names but obviously you’re on the undercard of Pacquiao-Mayweather”


Shawn Porter PHOTO 2Shawn “Showtime” Porter is hoping to land a quick return bout on the undercard of Mayweather-Pacquiao in May after his PBC on Spike TV event in March.

Porter (24-1-1, 15 KO) is slated to fight against Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KO) on Spike TV’s first-ever Premier Boxing Champions show on March 13 in Ontario, California. Should he make it past Garcia, Porter says he is willing to take a fight seven weeks later on the May 2nd undercard in Vegas.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Porter said regarding Mayweather-Pacquiao in an interview with ThaBoxingVoice. He said that he texted his father and trainer Ken Porter when the fight was announced, “I would much rather be apart of that fight instead of just being a fan.”

Fans all over the world are excited to watch Mayweather-Pacquiao, an event six years in the making. However for Porter, just watching the show isn’t good enough, he wants to be a part of it.

“I’m a fighter, I’m really not a boxing fan,” Porter said. “I love to do it more so then watch it . . . Lord willing, if there’s anyway: We’ll get on that show, and we’ll be apart of what’s going on.”

Before the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was signed, Porter said that he tried to not let the negotiations between them distract him. Now that the fight is on, Porter is using it as motivation.

In this era, top fighters usually train for eight weeks before a fight; Porter wants to fight twice in that amount of time. As far as Garcia goes, Porter insists he’s not overlooking his opponent.Shawn+Porter+Kenneth+Porter+Shawn+Porter+Kell+cnDBBgDIk6bl

“We’re not going to ignore this fight or downplay it or do any underestimating, anything like that,” Porter said. “My head is in the right place so I can move on to bigger and better things.”

Although Porter was a fellow champion at welterweight, he lost his title to Kell Brook in August and has yet to land a rematch to regain his belt. Aside from Brook, the only other titleholders in the division are Mayweather and Pacquiao, who are set to unify.

If Porter can look good on the thirteenth and land a fight on the May 2nd card, he may put himself in position for a rematch with Brook or a fight with either the winner or the loser of Mayweather-Pacquiao.

All of these are possibilities for Porter, who began his career at junior middleweight and has now made a name for himself as one of the top welterweights and athletes in the sport. As far as opponents go, Porter says he’d be willing to fight any tough opponent, particularly one with a name.

“It does not matter, we didn’t really speak names but obviously you’re on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather it’s going to be something big,” Porter said. “And you want to look good against a good fighter not against someone who nobody knows.”

As far as who he thinks is going to win the long awaited mega-fight, Porter says his lips will remain shut. Porter feels he is “not worthy” to decide who is best amongst the two. However, He did break down their last two fights.

“Looking at them both, you definitely see ups and downs in both of their fights. With Floyd Fighting Marcos Maidana twice he looked great in the second one, okay in the first one.” Porter said, “And then we’ve seen what Manny’s been through with Marquez and then you know coming back from that (with) Brandon Rios, he’s been real sharp.”

Living and training out of Las Vegas, Porter is a humble fighter who hasn’t let his success in the ring change his character. He’s young in the sport, only 27 years old, but has amassed respect from fighters and experts who all agree that his talent and abilities make for a dynamic fighting machine.

“This is a great place to be in boxing right now, I’m in Las Vegas, I’m having fun. I love doing what I do, and I’m excited to do it March 13th.”