NEW YORK – Danny Garcia grabbed the microphone from his father toward the end of a press conference Thursday at Barclays Center.
By then, Angel Garcia had finished an irrelevant rant about corruption in amateur boxing. Danny Garcia joked to Showtime’s Brian Custer, who moderated the event, that he had been warned what would happen if they gave the microphone to the rambunctious man who has trained the former two-division champion throughout his career.
Jose Benavidez Jr., Danny Garcia’s opponent Saturday night, eventually had heard more than enough from one of boxing’s greatest agitators.
“It’s gonna be the end of the Danny Garcia show,” Benavidez told Angel Garcia. “It’s gonna be a good fight. It’s gonna be fireworks. Like I said, I respect Danny Garcia. His dad just talks too much. Danny Garcia, you know, he’s a good fighter. Nothing against him, but his dad just barks too much.”
Danny Garcia was his usual reserved self Thursday, but the Philadelphia native’s father pointed out that Benavidez doesn’t possess the huge size advantage people might think entering Garcia’s debut at the junior middleweight limit of 154 pounds. Benavidez says he is 6-foot, but Garcia, who is listed at 5-8, didn’t appear to stand four inches shorter than Benavidez when they went face-to-face after their press conference concluded.
“He ain’t a bigger man,” Angel Garcia said. “He only like one inch bigger than Danny. That’s it. What’s up with that? Like when you eye-to-eye, you the same size. It doesn’t matter. Listen, when you eye-to-eye, you the same size. Big dog, listen.”
Those comments initiated the back and forth between Benavidez and Angel Garcia.
“I’ll show you who the big dog is,” Benavidez said. “I’m gonna show you guys. Be ready. You know, I don’t wanna, I don’t have to say much. You know, I’m gonna let my fists do the talking. All right? That’s it.”
Angel Garcia also accused Benavidez of underestimating his son.
“Nobody’s underestimating anybody,” Benavidez replied. “I told you guys, ‘Thank you for the opportunity.’ ”
Benavidez then reminded Angel Garcia that he hasn’t accomplished anything that warrants talking trash the way he does.
“Hey, imagine if you were that good of a fighter how you’d run your mouth?,” Benavidez quipped. “You’re not the one that’s gonna fight. You’re not the one that’s gonna fight. You’re scared.”
Danny Garcia (36-3, 21 KOs) is consistently listed as an 8-1 favorite to beat Benavidez (27-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 12-round main event Showtime will televise from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Adam Kownacki (20-2, 15 KOs), a veteran heavyweight from Brooklyn, will battle Turkey’s Ali Eren Demirezen (16-1, 12 KOs) in Showtime’s 10-round co-feature. Junior welterweight contenders Gary Antuanne Russell (15-0, 15 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Maryland, and Rances Barthelemy (29-1-1, 15 KOs, 1 NC), of Havana, Cuba, will square off in the opener of a three-bout broadcast set to start at 9 p.m. ET.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.