Both Garcia, Khan motivated for light welterweight title unification bout

Posted: July 15, 2012

LAS VEGAS - For the first time all week, there were no words coming out of Danny Garcia's camp Friday afternoon during weigh-ins for his light welterweight title unification bout with Amir Khan on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay.

But really, what was left to be said that hadn't already been uttered this week?

Garcia's outspoken father and trainer, Angel, shook things up at the prefight news conference when he told Khan - who is British, and of Pakistani descent - that "Pakistanis can't fight."

"My dad [has] talked [foolishness] 23 times, and I backed it up 23 times," said Garcia, a Juniata Park native. "I am 23-0. Come Saturday, he will have talked [foolishness] 24 times, and I am going to back it up for the 24th time."

Neither fighter addressed the crowd of a couple hundred inside the golden glass casino located on the famous Las Vegas Strip. But as the crowd watched both of the boxers tip the scale at 139 pounds on Friday, Angel Garcia once again showed his disdain for Khan and his fans, jumping up and down and animatedly throwing both thumbs down in their direction.

Despite his father's antics - or the fact that he is a 6-1 underdog at the Mandalay Bay sports book - the 24-year-old Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs), remains quietly confident of his chances against Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) on the biggest stage of his undefeated career.

"I'm relaxed. Just ready to fight," Garcia said. "This is just another day of work, to be honest. I'm not worried about the bright lights of Vegas or any of that. I'm excited to give the fans a great fight and win."

Garcia said he thought Khan was scared. "He's in for a big fight. He got himself into something he didn't even know he was going to get himself into. Now I'm just ready to fight."

Garcia wasn't supposed to be here, as Khan was originally set to fight Lamont Peterson in May in a rematch of his controversial loss on a split decision in December. But when Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone, Golden Boy Promotions inserted Garcia, who claimed the vacant World Boxing Council junior welterweight title with a 12-round decision over Erik Morales in March.

"It definitely would bring me to a higher level. It would put me in a new category - superstar category," Garcia said.

"Back home in Philly, I'm treated like the world champ. But everywhere else, nobody really sees me as the champ, even though I have the belt."

But Khan - who, with a win, could possibly throw his name in the mix for a marquee matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr. - doesn't plan on letting that happen.

"I will knock Danny Garcia out," said Khan, who on Wednesday was reinstated by the World Boxing Association as its 140-pound titleholder. "I will take the world titles home. I know Danny didn't train as hard as me. I promise I will knock him out. That is the only way."

Khan told Angel Garcia: "I cannot wait until after the fight, when we stand here and I have knocked your son out. He is going to see what a Pakistani British fighter can do. I cannot wait to get in there."

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