Danny Garcia to Manny Pacquiao: When are you sending me the contract?
Earlier this week, PBC and Showtime Sports staged a press conference to kick off their collaborative promotion for "Danny Garcia vs. Ivan Redkach", which will be held on January 25th, 2020 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
While discussing his eight-month layoff from the professional ring, Garcia was very clear of his intent for the new year.
"This (contest with Redkach) is the fight to keep the show going," the two-division world champion told FightHype.com. "My fans have to remember me. I can't be out of the ring for two damn years! They'll forget about me! I only fought one time in 2019...I have to stay active. A lot of people may not like it, but as a fighter, you have to stay active."
Although the 31-year-old Philly resident stayed in the gym between fights and appears to be in great shape, Danny admits that staying in shape is very different than being in the ring and taking hard shots.
"You have to remember how to take a hit. You'll be out of the gym for two years, you come back and get hit, you'll be like, Oh S***!" Damn...that s*** real! I gotta keep that real feeling."
Of course, the always inquisitive media had to ask of his current status among possible contenders for a massive opportunity opposite ring legend Manny Pacquiao within the first half of 2020.
"Every move we make from here on has to make sense," Danny Swift stated to the media in attendance. "And I feel like if we are going to fight a big fight in April, or whenever they say...May or June, then we have to get ready for that now."
At least Garcia is being honest when referring to his bout with Ivan Redkach as a competitive tune-up. With no respect to the hard-punching Ukrainian, one can easily understand why Danny would be excited for a potential pairing with the Pacman. The biggest dilemma seems to be that no one, including the former WBC Welterweight champ, has heard anything definitive from Pacquiao's Team regarding his next fight...except that he's being considered.
"I know it's the second quarter...they're saying they want to fight me. Manny keeps saying it. So when are you going to send over the contract? But when it comes down to it, he keeps pushing it back and wants to fight in the summertime now."
"So I can't wait on anyone...the show must go on. I'm at the point in my career where I want to fight the best and give my fans great fights and make a lot of money. But sometimes things change and you have to make adjustments."
If Manny announces Garcia as his next dance partner for an April date, that would leave the popular PBC fighter with less than three months to recover from any potential injuries he might incur while competing against Redkach, and to prepare strategically for Manny Pacquiao in the ring.
Would three months be enough time to recover and prepare for what could be the most important fight of his professional career?
"My mind is built for whatever," claims Danny 'Swift'. "I'm already mentally set for that. You know, we're just taking it one day at a time. Right now we're just worried about January 25th."
When asked what he thought of Manny's victory over former champ Keith Thurman, Garcia seemed genuinely impressed but understandably skeptical.
"He's a legend. I think he gave it everything he had. I really think it's one of those fights where he thought, 'this might be my last fight, so I got to give it everything I have'. I don't know if he can have that same intensity the next time around because he gave so much, but we'll see."
Hopefully, fight fans will indeed get to see within the first half of 2020.
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