"He felt really pleased and joyful about receiving this award," said Jose Figueroa, who accepted the Briscoe Award from PhillyBoxingHistory.com on behalf of Garcia at the Veteran Boxers Association club in Port Richmond.
Garcia was unable to attend because of a previously planned trip to the WBA convention in Peru.
"He was humbled," Figueroa said, "and [because] he couldn't be here he asked me personally to attend since I'm the official trainer of the gym [in addition to] his father." (Garcia is trained by his father, Angel.)
After already picking up unanimous decisions over contenders Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse this year, Garcia is primed to make it a three-peat as the area's top boxer. The burning question is: Who is next for the 25-year-old?
"That is up to him and his dad to decide," Figueroa said. "I know that they have something coming up pretty soon. There aren't any scheduled dates or opponents yet, but we'll find out soon."
There has been speculation that the 27-0 Garcia might be in position to take on the current king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and neither party has ruled that out. Figueroa said that the Garcia family will have an update on his next opponent when he returns from the convention next week.
The Briscoe Awards ceremony was attended by several notable members of the boxing community, including Kitten Heyward, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart and Sidney "Sweet Pea" Adams, among others.
Heavyweight Garrett Wilson received the Briscoe Award for Knockout of the Year. Wilson felt honored for the award and also weighed in on Garcia and his recognition as Philly Fighter of the Year.
"Danny deserves it. The opposition that Danny has faced is ridiculous. I respect any fighter that goes against guys that are expected to win over them, and he overcomes. I think it's a beautiful thing that he won the award," Wilson said.
"I think the future is bright for him. He trains extremely hard. I know, I've trained with him, and he has a good team around him. I think he will continue his success."
Also winning awards were 14-year-old Rasheen Brown, Amateur of the Year; former Philly Fighter of the Year Steve Cunningham, Performance of the Year; Jesse Hart, Rookie of the Year; and Bryant Jennings, Prospect of the Year. Jennings also shared Fight of the Year honors with Maurice Byarm.